Following on from yesterdays message about rest days, here’s some scientific research to help prove my argument that a rest can sometimes be the best thing for your body.
A 2012 study on overtraining and recovery found that if an athlete takes more than 72 hours to recover from a session, chances are they’re in a state of overtraining and need to have the reigns pulled back in.
Now obviously you and I aren’t elite athletes, but we can apply the same principles to help our training experience.
If you find it takes you longer than usual to recover from a session (note, not a harder session where you may have worked a bit harder than usual, I mean a normal one that you normally feel okay after).
then we need to cop that tip.
Maybe have a look at what else is going on in your life.
Are you sleeping?
Is something on your mind?
Are you working longer hours?
Is there problems at home?
It all plays a part.
So the tip for today is to pay attention to how your body responds to our sessions.
You’ll no doubt notice that some sessions I purposely make harder than others.
Some are purposely on the lighter side.
All for the same reason – to keep you progressing without burning you out.
But you need to be your own judge too – and listen to the body if it’s giving you warning signs.
Let me know if there’s anything that you want to discuss further after reading this.
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