If you’ve hit a wall in your training, maybe it’s because your body isn’t recovering enough from each workout to become stronger. Hard workouts tear down the body, but rest allows the body to repair and come back stronger than before. Athletes who neglect their recovery will gain little from workouts, risking injury, overtraining, and burn out.
“You just had an awesome workout/training ride/run”
You did it. Your heart is racing, you're covered with sweat, and you're starting to cool down from a high-endurance event. You're feeling good; you're winding down, and thinking about nutrition recovery.
What happens next?
The winding down part is easy; a nice shower, an oversized sofa, maybe a nap. The nutrition recovery part, however, is more challenging.
Learn how to really relax, and you’ll get more recovery from the quiet moments in your day, no matter how short they are.
Rest and recovery needs to be built into your training not only in the off season, but throughout the year. This happens on both the micro and the macro levels. Each day should have some downtime; each week should have lighter days and probably one full rest day; each month should have a lighter week; each year should have a lighter month (or more); and across many years, there should be a lighter year for every few harder ones. Many of us push, push, push, and don’t plan for the periods when we can stop pushing.
Atheletes Tip #1 Rest when my body tells me to rest.
Coach Ali is a Personal Trainer, Group fitness Instructor, Nutrition coach, and Yoga instructor. Ali loves anything with fun and adventure in it. From cycling with She rides, to thriving in her running adventures and hiking and summiting NH's 48 4,000 footers with friends and her two adventure dogs fun is top priority!
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