We all know that exercise is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle, but how many of us really take the time help our bodies recover from physical activity? Recovering properly can help you avoid injury and perform better. Next time you hit the gym, be sure to incorporate these recovery tips and let natural gas and oil help you bounce back faster:

Water, water and more water
Sure, you can hydrate with sports drinks if you’d like, but water is the best and easiest way to hydrate after working out. Keep a reusable, plastic water bottle with you at all times so that you always have a drink close by.

Roll it out
Using a foam rollers made from derivatives of natural gas and oil is a great way to massage sore muscles and get in a good stretch.

Sleep
Simply put, when you’re sleep deprived, you’re not at your bestespecially when engaging in physical activity. Make sure you’re getting enough rest so that your body and your mind have time to recover. So crawl under your covers, often made of soft, synthetic fabrics, switch off the light and get a good night’s sleep.

Breathe deeply
Meditation or deep breathing can improve your mental clarity and focus, both of which are vital to helping you reach your fitness goals. Meditation apps like Headspace and Calm can guide your through short meditations or breathing exercises. All you need is a few minutes and a quiet place to relax. Try doing some breathing exercises right after your workout. Sit or lie on your yoga mat, usually made of vinyl, and take some time to calm your mind.

Grab a protein shake
After exercising, help support muscle growth by drinking a protein shake. Great tasting protein powders have never been more plentiful, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding your favorite flavors. If you’re on the go, a shaker bottle is an easy way to mix your drink, and if you have a little more time, you can use a blender. Many blenders now even have single serving plastic cups you can take with you on the go.