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What’s “Mental Recovery” in Fitness?

Recovery is a crucial component of fitness that often doesn’t get due attention. Recently, I’ve written about various aspects of physical recovery, including articles on stretching protocolsrecovery methods and Heart Rate Variability, a technological tool that can help us target our need for recovery on a given day. In addition to physical recovery, however, we can take advantage of mental recovery methods, “restorative” strategies that alleviate the mental stress that negatively impacts our bodies and can reduce the physical and mental resilience we bring to our fitness endeavors. Research demonstrates that psychological stress undermines physical recovery from exercise. Because the mind controls the muscles, an increase in mental stress can hamper our performance and heighten our risk for injury over time. Read on for different mental recovery strategies that can enhance your health and fitness.  


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