Rest and recovery are crucial components of a holistic fitness regimen. If you want to keep working hard in the gym, and outside of it, you need to start factoring in recovery.
Why do we neglect recovery?
Have you ever felt like you need a holiday to recover from your holiday?
I’ve heard many people laughingly say this as they continue to tell the many exciting stories that have contributed to their two weeks of vacation a year leaving them less than energetic to take on the next task.
Rest and recovery is not something the modern world reveres. Productivity is measured in terms of output and recovery becomes an endless cycle of over-stimulation.
Taken in the context of everyday fitness, the inability to factor in rest and recovery systematically leads to goals not being met or unexplained anxiety and stress. This makes it a central point of reflection. Your body’s ability to adapt and work harder is directly linked to the time you take out. Your general mental health is determined by the time you devote to proper recovery!
What is the Recovery Principle?
Rest includes a combination of sleep and time spent not doing exercise. Recovery, on the other hand, refers to techniques and actions taken to maximize your body’s repair.
The recovery principle basically asserts that an athlete’s ability to recover from workouts is just as important as the workout itself. This applies to both the immediate need to rest between bouts of exercise, as well as longer time intervals of several hours to about two days between sessions.
Why is recovery important?
With the current popularity of high intensity and multidisciplinary training programmes such as HIIT, CrossFit or Gym Jones, a holistic approach to working out becomes essential. If you are going to train like a professional athlete in order to break the ranks of heroes, then a systematic approach to rest and recovery becomes integral for hormonal, neurological and structural recovery. If you are going to work hard, work hard through recovery.
Read more on the 5 Essential Techniques to Optimize Recovery in Part 2.