Sometimes the hardest thing for an athlete to do is take a rest day. We see it all the time here on Tribesports with the anguished runner having to taper before a big race or the avid weight-lifter cutting down on training and dying to lift that new PB.
It's easy to forget that resting is not only a necessity, it's also great! Muscles need time to recover if they're going to perform at their best and there's nothing more frustrating than picking up an injury from over training.
GB Olympic hopeful Robert Iddiols has given us these three tips:
- Firstly, remember that a rest day means a REST DAY. Most of the time they come few and far between, so it's easy to slip into the trap of using those days to visit family or get some work done.
- Instead, just relax, read, play video games, or whatever. Having said that, it's good to do something with your day, even if it's just walking to the shops, or some stretching and a hot bath.
- Try to stick to a decent routine - don't sleep in too long, make sure you eat proper meals, etc., but don't overeat. Now's not the time for additonal calories - cake and cookies are fine during hard training, not rest days.
Take The Importance of the Rest Day Challenge, what do you do on your rest days? Share your advice here!
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