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Rest and recovery should be a fundamental part of your training programme. Without them you will at best plateau in strength and fitness and at worse get weaker, sustain an injury or become ill.
Make sure you sleep well. Sleeping is when our recovery and repair goes into turbo drive. If you struggle to sleep focus on getting into a regular bedtime routine and avoid screens. If you still can’t sleep just lie down with your eyes closed and listen to something soothing, it will still help you to recover.
Rest should involve resting your mind as well as your body so that you can use your mental energy for staying motivated. Activities like reading, listening to music, practicing mindfulness or meditation or doing gentle yoga or swimming are much better than any kind of screen time for relaxing the mind.
If you are feeling excessively tired you will get more benefit from resting than going for a run.
Eating properly is essential to recovery (see next post).
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