Recovery is just as important as the training itself…

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Today I had a sports massage with a physiotherapist.  The problem area for many is that they don’t invest enough time when it comes to recovery.  Over the last few months I’ve really dialled in to my bio feedback.  There were occasions when I didn’t listen to what my body was telling me, for example there were many occasions where I was actually dehydrated but I read the mental queues as hunger instead.  This created an issue with my calorie deficit and may go some way to explain why my weight loss plateau’d on numerous occasions.  These days I’m so much more in tune with what my body is actually telling me and none more so than overtraining and recovery.  One of the first things I noticed was that my sleep was starting to become a problem.  There were many occasions where I would wake up during the night for no reason at all, but I quickly realised that sleep is a fantastic barometer of health.  Everyone should expect a full nights sleep without interruption if everything is dialled in.  Waking up during the night can point to a number of health related issues, stress, anxiety etc.  I was finding on more than one occasion that I would wake up around 2am and further investigation into this was due to the ever present cortisol (stress hormone).  It wasn’t long before I realised that I was training far too much and under recovering (the time between two exercise sessions wasn’t long enough).  The body needs to adjust to any form of exercise which is why recovery is such an important part of the training cycle.  There are ways to minimize the effects of pushing your body to the extreme and I thoroughly recommend that you look into a form of deep tissue massage either by foam rolling or having the occasional massage when muscles become tight because of the repeated effects of training.

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