Sunday, October 24, 2010

Rest Days

You're well into your training and even been in a couple of events, you're applying the FITT principle (refer to earlier blog) are managing any niggles from old injuries and getting professional treatment for any new injuries.

So, all going well you're enjoying your rest days.

So what are you doing on rest days?
  • getting a massage
  • going for a gentle walk or a mellow bike ride
  • stretching
  • tai chi
  • yoga

Light physical activity on rest days helps you recover from your training days.

If you're training for the marathon (Canberra marathon is only 6 months away!) try an hour walk or bike ride or even some laps at the pool at this early stage of your training.

If cycling's your thing then a light jog or brisk half hour walk will help balance your leg muscles and help stretch out your hip flexors.

Doing some intense circuits or heavy weight training get some flexibility in with stretching or something like tai chi or yoga.

If your exercise regime is varied and light you don't need a rest day at all so increase the intensity of one or two sessions.
Here's a link to some simple stretches you can do anywhere, even at the office.

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About me

I was a personal trainer and gym instructor for 13 years. Then COVID-19 hit and I just couldn't bring myself to train online. I also left my 'real' job in Canberra to live in beautiful Far North Queensland. These days I'm spending most of my time on a 1Ha hobby farm which is in a 300 acre working farm. My love of fitness and physical activity, good food, nature and animals has come together here.

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