A loaded question and can definitely be subjective or relative to a person. Genetics and athleticism can play a role! Regardless of those few aspects, there are four things that are super important regarding recovering after working out: Hydration, sleep, nutrition and supplements are the most important to remember when recovering from tearing your body down.
Along with those main four, there are other recovery methods depending on what exercise you performed. For instance, if you are lifting weights, you would want to consider foam rolling, cold plunge or massage. If you spent some time doing HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) you may want to consider stretching while cooling down. Certain considerations come into play depending on your workout and effort expenditure. Something important to note, you typically want to give 48 hours recovery to muscle groups before working them again. With regards to the main three I mentioned above, hydration keeps your body healthy! It is a safe calculation to drink 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight daily. This ensures proper functions of your body (organs, joints, digestion, muscles, etc). The amount of sleep needed to for proper rest can be different for everyone. A good rule of thumb is 6-8 hours a night. If you are hard sleeper, then 5 hours may be enough for you! Nutrition and supplements are the third and forth component I mentioned above. I am sure you have heard that Abs are made in the kitchen … well just as important, your recovery success happens in the kitchen. Your body needs the right amount of macronutrients to recover as well as macros that are bioavailable so your body can use what you feed it.
The Mtn Ops consultants can help designing you a proper nutrition/supplement regimen to optimize your Training and recovery!