Why rest in sports is important?


Hard work, dedication, efficiency and effectiveness are the qualities that we all value. We also require them for athletes. They, as the embodiment of self-denial and spilling liters of sweat during workouts, show us that this attitude allows you to succeed. At the same time, we easily forget about rest for both the body and the mind. Why is rest in sports important? Is it really needed? And finally, how to relax?

Rest without worries?

We want to do a lot, quickly and efficiently. At the same time, we minimize your rest and sleep to a minimum. However, it is a waste of time! Many of us are in a similar mode not only in sports, but also in business or at work. We remember the balance between work and personal life, but in practice it may be different.

In sports, it’s easy to forget about rest. Motivational slogans inspire you to work hard and do more – more repetitions, more workloads, additional training. Of course, this is the key to success, and I don’t want to hinder it. However, between first and the second workout you need time to rest and recover. Your plans should have a permanent place in the schedule.

the athlete was tired and fell asleep on a stationary bike

Is rest in sports important?

Definitely yes. First of all for physiological reasons. The body gets used to the training conditions. Then you also restore energy, and regenerative processes take place in the cells. Skipping regeneration can lead to overtraining and even burnout. And this is a serious psychological problem, which, if not solved, can lead to the termination of sports activities. Burnout in sports may indicate general malaise, worsening of sports events, or depressive symptoms.

Rest for muscles, rest for mindrest in sports is not only physical, but also mental rest

In addition to purely physiological problems, recreation in sports is also of great importance for our well-being. Even the biggest passion can be turned into work. There is nothing wrong. We need a moment of detachment from everyday life to be able to look at some problems from a certain distance. Skip training and return to the sport with a new force. Remind yourself how you felt when you returned from a long workout break. Maybe it was then that you began to skip training and lower your athletic skills. Your task is to keep this desire to return to your favorite business. What gives us rest? New strength, motivation, readiness for new challenges.

How to spiritually  rest in sports?

It has long been said that prevention is better than cure. Rest in sports is no exception to the rule! It is worthwhile to regularly take care of rest and regeneration, rather than fight overtraining or burnout later.

1.What do you like to do?

First, think about what you like to do. What activities do you most enjoy and make you relax. Make a list of such pleasures. Make sure that it has both short and long actions. Those that you can do in just 20 minutes, and those that you need for the whole day. This can be a quick relaxation exercise, reading a book or listening to your favorite music. Or maybe walk and spend time on nature? Conversation with close relatives? Recreation or active rest? Choose the one you like the most.

2.Schedule time to restore your mind.

Even if you have a very tight schedule, take time to one of the previously mentioned classes. It will be effective, even with an action for 10 or 15 minutes. It is important to rest just as in training.

At work and in business, we have weekends and holidays. In sport, there are often only certain days during which you can rest. The higher the level of professionalism, the fewer days of rest. So make the most of your free time for what you like to do. If you want to lie in bed all day, spend some time on it. After hard work, you have the right to rest in any way convenient for you.

athlete sleeping with a barbell

3. Don’t create emotions

Each of us experiences the worst moments when anger, frustration and stress prevail. If they do not find a way out, they will always keep you in an irritated state. Suppressed negative emotions increase fatigue. At such times it is worth talking to someone: with a coach, with teammates, with a psychologist, with someone you trust and know that he will listen to you. Even a story about yourself can be effective. It will also help you to look at the situation from a different perspective.

Rest in sport should take a permanent place in the sports plan of every athlete, regardless of the level of professionalism or age. Sometimes it can give better results than additional training, when you no longer have the strength.

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