January and February are pretty much the months when runners and walkers participate in huge numbers in various marathons held across the country.
Whether you are someone who has already participated in a marathon earlier, or are planning to run or walk in one for the first time, it is important to make sure that your body gets the right amount of care and rest to bring it back to its best shape.
Here are tips to care for your body after you have taken part in a marathon
Take a shower as soon as you can
This will help the blood vessels in your leg open and close so that there is more flow of oxygen rich blood in the legs. This is a great way to avoid cramps and muscle wear and tear. The trick here is to take a contrast shower, meaning alternating between cold and hot water. Try and take the shower as soon after the marathon as you can.
Have enough protein
Most people will tell you to have a protein rich meal before the marathon, but it is equally important to have more protein even after the event.
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Sleep and rest well
Try and take a good rest and a few hours of sleep immediately after you have your meal. This will help your body absorb all the nutrition to the best capacity and it also gives your body enough time to repair itself. As you rest, your muscles relax, and this will prevent cramping.
You may feel this is the last thing you want to do, but getting back some form of movement in your daily life is important to bring your muscles and joints back in form. Not walking or not having enough movement now can actually make your tissues and blood vessels become compressed, which can lead to swelling and pain.
Start slow training
If you are looking to hit another marathon soon, start your training but gradually. It is best to start slow and then build up your stamina and breathing. This will prevent the risk of injury and also avoid any damage to your ligaments and joints.
Taking care of these points will help your body to heal and recover in the best possible way, and also make you ready if you are looking forward to participate in another marathon.
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