What do you believe to be the most important elements of being fit, healthy and well?
Is it exercise?
Regularity in training?
Technique in performance?
Use of supplements?
Anatomical knowledge?, There are many more questions along that vein.
And they're all relevant.
But the one factor overlooked by so many, trainers and trainees alike, is rest.
Rest between exercise sessions is vital. That's when the body's repair system kicks in and lets Nature do the repair work on the body that's just been subjected to the assault of vigorous activity.
Taking the time to allow this to happen will double the effects of your efforts. It's how the body, and indeed the mind, refresh and revitalise. There are few sleeps as refreshing and restorative as those after physical exercise. Not only is the sleep usually deeper, it tends also to be continuous.
Seven to eight hours uninterrupted sleep helps rest the mind, revitalise the brain cells, and get rid of toxins that can accumulate in the brain, and thus impair cognitive use.
This is a vital aspect for living today. Rarely has the Human Race been so subjected to Mental and Emotional speed and engagement, while lacking the inbuilt physical activity to counteract the effects of these trends.
The result is that we have to schedule exercise into our lives, we have to plan our food intake if we don't want to stuff ourselves with junk, and we need to organise our lives to allow for rest as well.
No rest, no repair. No repair leads to fatigue, strain and burnout.
Look at your life and ask yourself, "How can I make the most of my training, food use and myself to maximise my way to sound fitness, constant wellness, and optimum health.?"
And when you're writing your answer, schedule in your time for "R &R", "Rest and Recreation".
And observe the word, "recreation". that's exactly what rest does. It allows your body, your mind, your nervous system to RE - CREATE themselves.
So, have a peaceful and a restful weekend.