Recovery in fitness can be an arduous process. It is often time consuming and can be frustrating at times to constantly hope for a speedy resolution. Recovery in fitness depends on multiple factors and it is one of the trickiest parts of the entire training regimen. Recovery can be usually speeded up by taking the necessary precautions and this blogpost discusses the various ways in which one can speed up their recovery process especially after an injury sustained during the exercise process. A lot of care has to be taken to ensure that the injuries sustained during the exercise process do not worsen and can be controlled.

Recovery in fitness is also heavily dependent on how the body reacts to the recovery modes used through fitness exercises. This blog also looks at the concepts of hormesis or the application of external stressors on how the body heals and it explores the concepts of anti-fragility which was recently popularized in the circles of Paleo diets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the writer of The Black Swan and Fooled By Randomness. The best recovery methods also build an immune system of sorts and helps the body defend itself against future injuries.

Recovery in fitness is especially critical to people who are relying on fitness to get them to recover from the injuries they have sustained. The best methods to recover from injuries is to ideally train your body to deal with fitness as a very useful tool that can help you build even more reserves of energy and strength to tackle the challenges of day to day life. The recovery methods also help us in building up our body to sustain the onslaught of more stressors and ultimately emerge stronger from it all. The best of the best exercises tend to help us recover and bounce back and also help us in building resilience. These exercises however vary from person to person and depends on the person who is performing the exercises more than anything. However, the best approach is to figure out the ideal method that works for you and then pursue that method to recover from the injuries. The ideal way is to ensure that your body does not suffer even more from fitness training when you seek it as a solution to your problems. This is best reflected in terms of how you pursue your fitness training and how you mold it to your situation and then ideally look at how it helps you in bouncing back from the toughest of situations. The fitness regimens followed by one person need to necessarily be the same that is followed by another. There is however a lot of debate about the right fitness method that can help a person recover faster but a one size fits all approach can be very detrimental to the way a person recovers from the injuries sustained from their daily lives. It is critical to consider the right method of recovery at the outset before proceeding to the regimen as this is the fundamental step to recovery. The trial and error method is usually the best way to figure out where to which exercises would be the most beneficial and which method yields the most results. There is however a limitation to which recovery can be used in fitness and it is not necessary that fitness is the ideal way to recovery but still peer-reviewed journals have recently begun to claim that recovery through fitness is possible and that it is in fact one of the best methods available in terms of recovery strategies and one should exercise it well.


Muscle recovery primarily occurs during the exercise and its chief characteristic is the removal of metabolic end products like lactates. Recovery mainly helps in establishing blood flow for oxygen delivery and it helps in the replenishment of muscle membranes. Blood circulation and body temperature also get restored during the process.



In the context of health and fitness, the concept of fatigue can often have negative connotations but it is actually a form of recovery after an intense session of exercise. Fatigue signals to the body that recovery has to begin and it allows the body to cool down and gradually acclimatize to the process of breaking down the glycogen stored in the body. Fatigue also plays a critical role in hormesis, the process in which the body temperature is regulated. Hormesis is a vital function through which the body responds to exercise.

Somatic Fitness:

Somatic Fitness is one of the most innovative fitness techniques that was developed by Laurie Booth, a movement activator and a choreographer. It was a practical method for developing strength, mobility and stamina along with somatic awareness. It is interdisciplinary in its approach to fitness: it combines the aspects of physical theatre, dance, martial arts and improvisation and its main aim is to develop a method based on sound anatomic principles in a fun and challenging way.

The five essential lessons of somatic competency are: strength, flexibility, balance (grounding and centering), ease and vitality. To support the process of recovery from eating disorders, BFY suggests the method of somatic fitness.  BFY suggests a few holistic fitness protocols to support the process of recovery from eating disorders, traumatic stress, depression and acute grief syndrome. The learning activities focus on gentle yoga for recovery, back care, scoliosis, carpal tunnel syndrome and somatic education. The courses are on offer from Desert Southwest Fitness (DSW Fitness) and they are world renowned and have on offer The Holistic Fitness Specialty Certificate which uses somatic awareness as a tool for growth, health, recovery and self-discovery.

The support for Somatic Fitness as  a valid recovery in fitness method has been gradually emerging from the scientific community and it is increasingly being accepted worldwide as the right approach to growth and recovery through fitness. Somatic approaches to athletics and fitness have proven to bear great benefits to the body and empirical studies have shown an increase in sporting ability when athletes incorporate somatic fitness methods in their practice. Somatics comes in two forms: Hands-on and Self-Help Exercises. Hands-On sessions are one to one sessions with a practitioner who teaches you the more complex forms of Somatics and the Self-Help Exercises are one to one sessions where you can mainly learn the art of somatic fitness on your own through practice and gradual improvement. Somatics is easy enough to be learnt in a short span of time.

1BFY Sports and Fitness offer a range of services that can help one inculcate recovery in fitness methods. You can learn more from the BFY website at  for a variety of services, courses and products that can help you stay fit. You can check out some of the training programs that you can enroll online and attend these classes as well. So start your journey on the road to recovery from fitness today. Bring in somatic fitness concepts into regular practice and approach recovery from a holistic perspective wherein you not only grow but also build up fitness and health along the way. So until our next blogpost in this series on fitness and health, stay fit, exercise well, and happy learning!