The essential part of rest and recovery is not only that it assists in helping the body recover but that it allows the body to adapt to the training load that has been applied to it, this allows the body to become stronger and more efficient during physical activity.

Most individuals irrespective of their ability or level of professionalism aim to excel at their specific activities and they tend to sacrifice their sleep and recovery time first, we recommend that you do not do this and understand the importance of recovery and sleep.

In most circumstances individuals will find improved performance when they include adequate recovery and sleep into their routines.

What most individuals do not understand is that during the recovery phase the body repairs and this is where the actual gains and achieved. Without this critical part of recovery individuals may become over trained which may result in injury or loss of performance and in some cases both.

It is important to focus on both recovery and sleep during demanding times within your training program and that you do not allow other daily activities effect this critical part of your life by prioritizing other less important things in place of sleep and rest. It is essential that you implement a healthy sleeping routine into your training plan and this need to be transferred into training days and intensities, if required you may need to take naps after intense training sessions, these are beneficial to recovery and improvements.

This is due to the release of human growth hormone that is released by the brain to aid in recovery and ensure improved performance over time. This release of hormones and the combination of sleep is a sure way to become fitter, faster and stronger. By trying to avoid these naps and consuming stimulants such as caffeine to stay awake we are causing negative effects on physical performance including improved mental performance relating to daily life and work. Even short naps will beneficial to recovery and general improvements mentally and physically and eliminates fatigue.


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