Behind The Business of Exercise Recovery


Olivia Harvey, Staff Writer

From sports drinks to hydration, from compression therapy to cupping- there’s a whole industry of products designed to help us adapt and recover from exercise.

A former college athlete noted that recovery wasn’t given much consideration when they were an athlete before. Now, however, times have changed and recovery is something that everyone does everyday, with almost as much enjoyment as the workouts themselves. The best form of recovery is the old fashion way: listening to your own body.

There are products out there now that will promise to find your individual sweat-rate and individual salt-loss rate, but it turns out that you do not need a scientists to look over you to figure out how much you need to drink, or how much salt you should get after an exercise. Our bodies have a really amazing mechanism for handling and determining this and it’s called, thirst.

Active people have heard this message for so long, and it mostly comes through marketing; the idea is that you always have to be drinking and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. It turns out that this isn’t true at all. This idea that we have to be drinking even when we are not thirsty has led to a problem that can be quite deadly to us. It is called hyponatremia. It is a condition where people tend to drink too much water and they end up diluting their blood to the point where it becomes a problem and people start to have issues such as brain swelling, which can be fatal.

Yes, drink and hydrate yourself, and yes, make sure your body has recovered so you aren’t injured, but be careful. With the right procedures, you can take care of yourself in a way that isn’t harmful.