A few years ago, the US was in love with Dara Torres.  A 41 year old mom who was making her Olympics come back after competing in 4 previous Olympic games.  There are so many lessons to be learned from Dara Torres, but the one I remember most is what she had to do at 41 to keep training and competing.

Photo by Matt Gialdo Photography

Photo by Matt Gialdo Photography

She still put in hours and hours at the pool but she realized that her recovery was different.  She followed up her 3 hours of training with 60 minutes of stretching by two personal trainers.  Granted, I don’t have two personal trainers/stretchers to help me after every work out and I doubt my 8 and 5 year old would be very useful in that regard.  But what it made me realize is that there is more to a daily workout then the hard work you put in for your workout.As we get older, we lose things like flexibility and the ability to rebound from strenuous exercise.  There’s a lot that I can do, and in the past had neglected to do, to soften the blow of the physical exertion before and after the workout.  Knowing this and applying it consistently (key word) to your exercise routine can boost recovery and prevent injury.