Recovery Days

Rest

Recovery days matter.
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We recently watched a documentary on an athlete attempting to complete the equivalent of 50 Ironmans in 50 days. Despite training his body to peak condition before starting, both he and his trainer said they underestimated the amount of recovery that was needed after each day.
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The importance of recovery, for all types of athletes, is easy to overlook. Too often we get caught up in feeling the need to lift every day, or feeling like we didn’t work hard enough if we aren’t sore.
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If we are training appropriately for our goals, then recovery time is just as valuable as the time we spend in the gym, on the field, or on the court. It is time for our bodies to repair tissues, balance hormone levels, and allow for growth and adaptation.
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Schedule and plan regular days off to match your fitness goals. Additionally, listen to your body, and when it is telling you a break is needed based on continued soreness, weak grip strength, lack of motivation, etc, then take a day off. The reverse is true as well. Today was a scheduled day off, but my body felt good and I’m in a cut, so I used today to get in a great workout. Tomorrow may be my needed day off, who knows. The point is that after 15 years of training I have become good at understanding when to push forward, and when to give my body a recovery day. I use the little cues my body gives me to make the most of every training day – and every recovery day.
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Allow the hard work you are putting in to help you reach your maximum potential by also giving your body time to recover.


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