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Following is a collection of tips and information about the importance of rest days in training for running or any sports. Click on the provided link to read more about each nugget of tip.
REST DAYS ARE BUILDING BLOCKS TO IMPROVED PERFORMANCE
Rest days are so important to runners is they allow the runner to not only recover but also improve. It is important to realize rest days are when improvements are actually made as opposed to during the days when the runner is training. This is because the training process breaks down the muscle fibers while the rest days allow the muscles to have time to repair and strengthen. When this happens speed, endurance and strength are all improved. Therefore, rest days are absolutely necessary for a runner to realize the payoff for all of his hard work.
Joint health is one of the most important reasons why runners need to schedule regular rest days into their training regimen. The repetitive nature of running results in pounding on the joints of the ankles, knees and hips with each and every stride. Allowing a few rest days during the week will give these joints the much needed rest they need to heal from the repetitive pounding. Without this rest the joints may regularly be sore or inflamed.
via Why You Need To Rest During Your Running Training.
TO STAY YOUNG
Indeed, from an internal perspective, completing an Ironman is a bit like sitting on a sofa for 12 hours and aging two decades. In other words, the changes the body undergoes in 12 hours of extreme exertion are similar to some of those that occur in the body over the course of two decades of non-exertion, as a result of normal aging. Fortunately, though, those years are restored to you within a few weeks. Then it’s time to start thinking about tickling the reaper again.
IT’S AN EXERCISE OF MENTRAL STRENGTH
I constantly remind myself that resting takes confidence. Anyone can train like a mad man but to embrace rest and to allow all the hard training to come out takes mental strength.
JUST LIKE TRAINING PLAN, REST DAY SCHEDULING IS DIFFERENT FROM ONE PERSON TO ANOTHER
Rest days are kind of a personal thing for runners, just like training plans. Everyone is different and different things work for different people. What some people consider “rest” others consider exercise. When one person needs three days of rest, another may only need one. Each runner is different and have their own definitions, figuring out your definition is all part of your running journey.