6 Recovery Tips for Hard Rides

Before you wrap yourself in compression wear and guzzle chocolate milk after every ride, make sure your effort warrants it. If you didn't go hard enough to induce muscle-fiber damage and suck your energy stores dry, you might not need full-on recovery, says coach Hunter Allen. But if your ride is anything like one of the descriptions below, you could probably benefit from some R&R. Try some of the tried-and-true techniques suggested underneath.

If you've hit it really hard, the next few hours are the optimal window for helping your body get the most from your effort, says exercise physiologist Stacy Sims, PhD. The good news is you don't have to spend the whole time recovering. Even just a couple of these proven methods will make you feel good.

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