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Why Recovery Is Important To High Performing Athletes

The benefits of exercise are extensive. These range from the obvious cardiovascular, mood and weight management benefits to the more complex idea that moderate physical activity can improve our antibody response to infections.   

For many of us, the way we exercise might have changed for now, but exercising in some form is still part of our daily rhythm, whether it’s a walk around the block, online workouts or group zoom classes.

The Role of Recovery 

When training, the primary goal is to stimulate an adaptation response by shocking your body with rigorous activity. After the activity our bodies begin to repair the cellular damage caused by the activity and in theory, we become stronger and faster. During recovery the body can adapt to the stress associated with exercise, replenish muscle glycogen (energy stores) and provide time for the body tissue to repair.  

When you continually tax the body without giving it adequate rest, it can’t repair itself efficiently and you don’t receive all the benefits of that hard work and suffering. It's important not to overtrain, as chronic strenuous exercise without recovery days has been associated with an increased susceptibility to infections, as well as frequency of injury. While we are all currently having to adapt to what our new normal is, its a great time to focus on adding recovery into your weekly routine.  In order to find out more about the benefits of exercise, we asked some of our high performing experts the benefits they experience when they choose to focus on recovery and how MitoQ helps them to do more.  

 

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Rose Wetzel, professional obstacle course racer, American Ninja Warrior, Mom and personal trainer

“Any athlete knows that recovery is half the game; you can't work out hard again if your legs are still trashed from your last workout. Recovery is CRITICAL to me, both as an athlete AND as a mom. During postpartum, I saw first-hand the effects of working out hard without getting adequate rest/sleep/nutrients, etc. - it wasn't pretty. And now that my baby is a toddler, I want energy to be able to chase her around, even after a hard workout.  

 “When I prioritise recovery, my legs feel strong and "fresh" before my runs/workouts, and I feel a bubbling over of energy and excitement to train hard and race, like a "caged animal ready to be let loose," as opposed to a tired mom, middle-aged mom trying to eke out some quality work. 

MitoQ plays a crucial role in my recovery, starting at the cellular level. As a 38 year-old World Champion-hopeful, I have the benefit of over two decades of racing experience, though my cells are starting to naturally decline, so taking MitoQ first thing in the morning each day ensures I can train as hard and recover as well as anyone else - no excuses. 

“Since taking MitoQ, my body has been able to handle more, in the form of longer runs AND heavier weights. I've always been motivated to work hard and push my boundaries, so if I'm able to run longer and lift heavier, it's due to faster/fuller recovery, thanks to MitoQ. I've always taken recovery seriously by doing things topically, like icing my legs, but this is the first time I've taken my recovery all the way to the cellular level, and I love the results I'm getting because of it!” 

 

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Darragh Walshe, Two-time World Masters games medalist, Dad and triathlete

“For me, the initial reason for trying MitoQ was about assisting my training and race performance. And the extra energy I feel consistently, day-to-day has been a big factor in achieving my goals. 

“No better example was at the World Masters Games in Auckland when I raced the ocean swim the day after [winning gold] in the triathlon. I entered the swim without huge expectations but ended up over-achieving and earning a silver medal. 

“I hadn’t really thought too much about the recovery benefits but the ability to train and race consistently is also linked to recovery and I have found that MitoQ has helped get me through those initial days after a big race or training set.” 

 

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Nick Allen, Mastering Mountains, MS advocate and writer

Neurological conditions are often limiting. You can't do the things you want, as much or as often as you wish. And when you do, there's the crash that follows. 

This has certainly been my experience. Having a neurological condition, it often feels like a battle to push the envelope and keep doing those activities I love most: climbing and hiking. These are both strenuous sports and can take a lot out of you. 

 MitoQ helps me with these limitations, it helps me to exercise regularly, and it helps me recover faster. So, I can do more and do more often. Rather than taking a week or more to recover from strenuous exercise, I find that I am feeling strong again within a few days. That's why I love MitoQIt's the powerhouse that supports me in my endeavour to keep climbing. 

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