Recovery From Workouts
I have been giving some thought to recovery as I heard here and there of it's high importance. I heard from someone I am not sure I trust too much(a massage therapist)of taking alternating 30 seconds cold then hot showers would be useful. I have started doing this after workouts when possible. I have also spent about 30 min in the spa and done the bulk of my stretch routine there, holding each stretch 1 min. I am not sure this is great either but I do enjoy the spa even if it doesn't really help. I have tried deep tissue massage and again not sure it's any good but I do like it.
Can anyone advise if they found some measurable results one way or the other from some recovery technique? I don't usually get any aches and pains from my workouts save when I alter them monthly so I cannot point to any tangible results from what I have tried. I have made no small amount of progress myself but as I have altered in relatively short order diet and supplements so much it's hard to point to any one factor as being the difference.
If there was one thing that I would recommend it's stretching in the spa: as the muscles are warmed up after a work out and the hot water allow me to have made pretty good progress in gaining greater flexibility.