Rest & Recovery Days IMPROVE your fitness and health. They are not something to feel guilty about!
A few tell tale signs that the body is starting to become over trained and fatigued:
- Poor sleep quality
- Feeling very tired and run down,
- Lack of motivation and enjoyment of exercise
- Recurrent illness and/or injury
- the list can go on and on.
Also pay attention to the stresses in your life, if you are having a particularly stressful time at work or at home, this can put a lot of strain on your body. Combined with lots of exercise can be quite detrimental to your overall health. I’m not saying if you are stressed do not exercise as exercise can be an excellent way of de-stressing and clearing your mind, just pay attention to the duration and intensity of the exercise.
Rest days should be enjoyable and guilt free!
Why not walk the dog, listen to music, read a book, do some meditation. Nourish your body with calm, rest and recovery and you will be ready and raring to go for the next training session.
“The only training you’re benefiting from is the training you are recovering from”
So let’s start to train smart, rest more so we can train consistently and effectively
It’s great to work your training on 3 or 4 week cycles. If you never rest and you always train at the same pace you will eventually burn out or you will no longer see any training benefits. With a correctly structured training plan you will effectively overload your body for 2-3 weeks, creating fatigue in the body, week 3 or 4 will then become a recovery week where it is ideal to reduce load by 30-50%. This rest week allows your body to recover, repair and essentially adapt to a new higher fitness level. This also allows you to approach the next block of training rested and ready to go, which will also mean you can hot the next block of training harder and then the cycle will continue…..overload, rest, adapt and repeat!