The Joint Ventures' Blog

Rest and Recovery

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

As a whole, we are slowly becoming a more health conscious society which means that with increased physical activity and healthy eating there needs to be the understanding of how to safely tackle this lifestyle. We all are becoming more aware of the different types of exercise beyond running, walking, and biking. We are exploring Barre, Zumba, and bodyweight training just to name a few. Whatever your mode of physical activity, the crucial component to any equation, which many of us neglect, is…rest! 

Rest days during the week allow your muscles to recover and actually become stronger. If our goal is to increase strength, lose weight, run faster, stand taller, lift more or feel better overall, we have to protect the structures that are responsible for all of these movements and postures…our muscles! Muscles need periodic rest in order to repair, rebuild, and strengthen. One of the most preventable injuries with all types of exercise is overtraining syndrome.  Signs of overtraining are:

•Washed-out feeling, tired, drained, lack of energy

•Mild leg soreness, general aches and pains

•Pain in muscles and joints

•Sudden drop in performance

•Insomnia

•Headaches

•Decrease in training capacity / intensity

•Moodiness and irritability

•Depression

•Loss of enthusiasm for the sport

 

If you find yourself in this category with your exercise program, the first thing to do is rest. Allow the body to “re-charge” and explore the benefits of re-hydration, sports massage therapy, and cross-training. We all want to do better, bigger, bolder things with exercise and our bodies, but we have to take it in stride. We have to recognize that the body will not respond and achieve that higher level without proper rest and recovery!

You should always consult a health professional if you have questions regarding specific muscle and/or joint pains that you may be experiencing during your exercise program. If you think that you may benefit from a free injury screen with a physical therapist, you can stop by our Kenmore Square clinic or email me directly at Courtney.Barresi@JointVenturesPT.com.

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