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Why recovery is the key to effective exercise: How to reboot your workout routine

Writer: DANA SANTAS Outlet: CNN

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Whether your exercise goals are for health, aesthetics or athletics, the means to those ends all come from changing your body composition. That's why our workouts focus on losing fat and building muscle. But true transformation in our bodies doesn't actually occur while we're training. It happens during recovery.

The reality is that exercise hurts our bodies. And recovery heals them. When we work out, we push our bodies to the point of cellular breakdown with the intention of building them back up stronger and more efficient. With every strenuous bike ride, weight training session or bout of high-intensity interval training, we give rise to this process.

That's why allowing our bodies the time and support to recover is crucial to the effectiveness of our exercise programs.