Helping Your Body Cool Off and Recover after Rock Climbing
As with most forms of exercise it is important that you give your body and muscles time to cool down after you have been rock climbing. This allows your body to stay as healthy as possible with a very small chance of any injuries occurring as your body will have received ample cooling down time. Pairing these exercises for cooling down with some key nutrition choices can leave you feeling great after a rock climbing session, sometimes with even more energy than you initially started with. Learning some of these exercises and nutrition tips can really help you to stay at your best before, during and after a rock climbing session.
Cooling Off Properly After Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is a very intensive pastime; it is a great way to get some exercise, and also a brilliant way to get an adrenaline rush at the top of a rock climbing wall or similar. After your session of rock climbing is over you should always do some relatively simple exercises to cool your body down. Finding effective exercises can be difficult but luckily there are a number of different ways that you can allow your body to get some much needed cool down time;
Nutrition Tips Post-Exercise
What you choose to eat and drink after a session of rock climbing can drastically affect the way your body is feeling, specifically the amount of aching you experience and the energy you have remaining for the rest of the day. Choosing your snacks and drinks wisely can give you a much needed energy boost, but make sure you really spend some time deciding on your chosen items rather than just grabbing a coffee and cake from a local café as these will do nothing for you in the long run. During climbing you should be drinking approximately one liter of water per hour which most rock climbers do not reach – this level of intake should be continued for a few hours even after the climbing is over to minimize fatigue. If you want something that gives you a noticeable energy boost you may wish to try a specially formulated energy drink that will give you that desired boost, as well as improved stamina, endurance and even faster muscle recovery and significantly less fatigue. Having a drink such as this and a banana shortly after finishing your climb can make a massive difference to your ongoing energy levels for the rest of the day. Taking the right items with you when you intend climbing can really make the difference to the way you feel once you are finished.
Cooling down after a climb, no matter how significant or insignificant the climb may have felt, can allow your body to properly relax and begin repairing the muscles, making them stronger for your next climb. This paired with the proper attention to what you are eating and drinking after a climb can allow you to really excel and show your full potential, boosting not only your energy, but also your mood and the way you feel about yourself.
- Jennifer Bateman
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