Starting a new year with motivation and excitement to crush your martial arts goals is a great headspace to be in. Sometimes, however, it can be all too easy to get swept up in the excitement of a training routine without pausing to consider the importance of rest and recovery.
Rest and recovery are vital to your body’s health and well-being. Making sure that you’re balancing out your training with proper recovery can help you train at a high level while making progress toward your goals.
Why take time to rest and recover?
Pushing your body to its limits takes physical and mental energy and effort. You need to counteract that effort with the appropriate amount of rest (through sleep or days off from training) and recovery (mobility work, foam rolling, etc.).
How should you recover?
How should you recover? Great question! The answer depends on the type of training you’ve been doing and how your body is feeling. Think about your training history, your daily stress level, and your goals. Use your experience to dictate how you recover. Some days, you might need to spend some time foam rolling and stretching. Other days, you might need to take a day off from training entirely. Or you might find that you benefit from a hike, taking a restorative yoga class, or getting a night of quality sleep.
How much rest should you be getting?
Rest days are just as important as training days. The number of rest days you need will depend on the type of training you’ve been doing, the intensity, and the frequency. If you have a hard time taking a day off, you’re not alone. However, making rest part of your recovery ensures that your body has a chance to rebuild itself and can decrease your risk for future injuries.
Are you interested in getting started with martial arts this year? Contact us at Rolles Gracie Academy in Old Bridge to learn more about the programs we’re currently offering.