As athletes, we can often be greedy in our pursuit of fitness. We constantly train hard and put in extra sessions to try to maximize our potential.
But some of the best athletes in every sport take a complete break from training at least once a year.
There are many reasons why they choose to take time off, and here Built for Athletes explores five key benefits of pausing your training.
Heal Scar Tissue
Over many months of consistently working the body, long-term scar tissue can develop in the muscles, tendons and joints. By allowing the body to heal, you decrease your risk of injury when you get back into training so you can push your body harder after building back up.
Prevent Overuse Injuries
Overuse injuries are a particular danger in sports in which you perform repetitive movements session after session, week after week.
Taking a break from these repetitive movements can prevent areas of the body from being overloaded and therefore stop injuries occurring. It will often help small niggles heal up too, so you can perform better and maximize results when returning to your normal schedule.
Give Your Mind A Rest
Living an athlete’s lifestyle can take its toll on the mind as well as the body. You’re pushing yourself hard a lot of the time and staying disciplined by putting the hard hours of training in even when you don’t want to.
Taking a breather from an intense schedule can be a great way to destress, so don’t undervalue the importance of a mental break.
Come Back Motivated
Taking a total break from training often leaves an athlete feeling refreshed and raring to go again. Not working out at all can give a new perspective on things and double your motivation to reach new heights.
Just be careful when returning to training, though, as jumping back in on a high volume or intensity is a good way of getting injured. Be sure to build up slowly.
Explore Other Areas
If you think about the amount of time you spend working out, it’s amazing how many more hours in the day it feels there are when you cut training completely. This can allow you to spend more time on other pursuits that try out new things.
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