I’m thrilled to be able to share with you guys this guest-written article on a topic that should be close to all of our hearts – rest and recovery. Chances are it is something we don’t do enough of, despite putting our bodies through so much week in, week out – so I hope that this Guest Blog Post will encourage you to rest more and recover better. We are all, after all, everyday athletes!
Starting a fitness journey is one thing; physically training to be better and mentally preparing for the long road ahead are different facets altogether.
On the road to improvement, it’s easy for someone to not just overcomplicate things, but to overdo them as well. People often forget that in order for their body to progress, they also need ample time to rest and recover. A prime example of this is football players.
Football is a 90-minute game that features a lot of running, tackling, and jumping. It’s a physical and mental endeavour that requires athletes to be at their best throughout an arduous season. With this, it’s of utmost importance for players to prepare their bodies and minds for what’s in store for them. Part of this process is placing a premium on recovery.
In an article reviewed by a board-certified physician, fitness expert, Elizabeth Quinn, emphasises the significance of rest after a hard day’s training. For football players, this means they should take a moment following practice to allow their bodies to sort of recharge. By not doing so, it’ll have a hard time adapting to the stress of working out, which will then hinder the process of development.
When a player’s body recovers, it replenishes energy stores and repairs damaged tissues. If it doesn’t get enough rest, muscles will continue to break down, which leads to little to or no gains. Overtraining, in hindsight, is a major issue for a lot of footballers. It can lead to certain detriments such as weariness and loss of concentration. Of course, football is also a mental sport, so it’s vital to stay sharp on and off the pitch.
Premier League site Betfair, highlights the important facets of a modern athlete. According to the article by journalist Stephen Tudor, the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have got to where they are today because of a more individual approach to training. Their resting heart rate also plays a significant role in this, claiming that most of these world-class footballers consistently reach 170 beats per minute – an impressive stat considering a usual football match features over 120 intense physical actions.
Essentially, it can be hard, somewhat subjective, to determine whether or not an athlete is overtraining. Yes, fitness gurus such as Men’s Health’s James De Medeiros can enumerate its symptoms, but at the end of the day, it’s up to a person to sit back, evaluate, and act accordingly. Sport-specific training, or exercising in general, entices people to go hard and push their bodies to the limit, producing small muscle tears that increase overall strength in the long run. But for them to truly reach their full potential, they have to find and achieve the perfect balance of keeping fit and resting.
Wise words indeed from my Guest Blogger Karen – and hopefully even more incentive to enjoy a quiet night on the sofa this week-end! Work hard, Train hard, and Rest hard – a mantra we can hopefully all live by!