Recovery is an important part of exercising and training because it's at times of rest that our bodies adapt and change to better prepare us for the next time we work out.
So what happens when we rest?
The small tears our muscles experience when exercising start to repair and they'll compensate for any damage by physically reconstructing themselves to be bigger and stronger so they cope better the next time they're exerted. It’s during recovery that you build your strength.
When you exert yourself physically your body releases cortisol and adrenalin. These hormones can temporarily hinder your immune system.
Remember; working out is actually causing trauma to your muscles and your body will prioritise this healing. If you’re working out every day there’s no time for your body to replenish your nutrient and energy stores, so fatigue can set in.
You need time to mentally recover too. Being focussed and committed to your exercise and training program is also a drain on your brain. You need time to rest and reflect and be mindful of what you’ve achieved. This will then help you reset and focus on your next week.
Everybody’s ideal rest day is different.
If you want to spend it binge-watching Netflix, go for it! But if you get bored sitting still you can still be active, just don’t overdo it.
Here are some different activities you can do on your ‘active’ rest day.
- Try that new yoga or Pilates class.
- Pop into Lords and get one of our instructors to show you how to use those foam rollers. We have a new fancy section all ready for you!
- Go for a wander. Check out your local area online – you’ll be surprised at how many parks and nature reserves there are close by that you didn’t know about.
- Pamper yourself. Get online and check out your local deals and spoil yourself with a massage.
- Play. Grab some friends and jump on one of our courts for some casual play. We’ve got basketball, netball, soccer, tennis, badminton and squash courts for hire.
Enjoy your rest week!
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