When To Give Your Body a Rest
Everyone has a preferred run schedule, and they may range from ordinary to quite unique. Some run late night trails, and some are early morning people. Some run as little as 2 days a week, while some serious competitive marathoners may go twice a day, 6 or 7 days a week.
Daily exercise is something we all need in order to stay fit and healthy, but that doesn’t mean you necessarily need to spend every day doing a run. Most experts recommend at least 3 days a week. If you choose this route, make sure to make them count, working on speed, endurance and duration. The other days cross training and plyometrics will go a long ways towards improving your performance.
However, whether you are an avid go-getter running daily, or you opt to run less often, know that every body is different and what may work for some may not work for you. It is important to listen to what your body is saying to prevent burnout or injury. People often worry that taking a break will cause them to lose any progress they’ve gained. This isn’t true. Your body knows when it’s time for a rest day, we just aren’t always good at listening.
So here are some signs to pay attention to that are telling you it is time for a much-needed break.
1. You notice you feel sore for more than a day after a run. If your muscles are still screaming two mornings later, you aren’t doing your body any favors. Muscles need repair time.
2. You seem to be getting sick more often. Not only that, it takes forever to recover from an illness. You may be depleting bodily resources by overdoing it.
3. You feel fatigued often, or your sleep habits have changed. Some people are overstimulated and can’t sleep when they run too much, others want to just sleep forever.
4. You are moodier than normal. Some tend towards irritability and lack of concentration, others anxious.
5. All motivation has disappeared. The thought of going for a run fills you with dread and you would do anything to get out of it. It’s time for a break.