How does stress and sleep affect my risk of injury and illness? By Marathon Physio Lucy Macdonald


Does sleep affect my risk of injury and illness?

If you don’t sleep or rest enough your immune system is not able to recover, and you therefore predispose yourself to injury and illness.


Does stress affect my risk of injury and illness?

Stress also hammers the immune system, so stress management needs to be part of your marathon training plan.


What should I do if I feel stressed or fatigued?

Please make sure you get in touch with Lucy and her team if you are stressed, feel fatigued or are struggling to sleep properly.


What breathing exercises can I do to help?

In the meantime you can start with some breathing exercises which you can access for free at and can be an excellent starting point:


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