Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Increasing Recovery Time

It is no mystery that our bodies go through some major changes as we progress from our twenties to our thirties, and our thirties to our forties. In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, this presents some unique challenges:

- Our flexibility decreases a little.
- Our recovery time slows down between classes.
- Our speed slows down.
- Our game must change to reflect these.

One good thing is that in most cases, we retain or even increase our general strength. But I have found that after a good class, my joints hurt a little more than they did a few years ago. And getting out of bed the next day was simply not as easy as it once was. This was before a friend in class, who is around my age, gave me the most valuable tip: Glutamine.

Glutamine is a supplement that has done wonders for not only my recovery times, but also helped reduce the pains I have felt in my muscles and joints after class. This has in turn allowed me to maintain my activity level and continue to be flexible. I still feel general fatigue, but not the soreness and pain I used to feel.

Wikipedia is a great resource on the technical aspects of Glutamine. So all I can do is attest to benefits of this supplement for myself.

As well, I have also found that having Soy Milk, Yogurt, and a protein shake within 30 minutes of class also has a profound impact on how I feel when going to bed, but also when I wake up.

Sometimes getting older makes you more creative when trying to keep that which is most important.