What Athletes Can Teach Us About Recovery
We can learn a lot about life and health from professional athletes. Athletes realize the vital importance of recovery and rest. Let me explain.
For the rest of us… With iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, texting, wifi, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ (the lost could go on), let’s just say it is tough to unplug and rest up. The average worker/dad/wife/person “checks in” every hour or so in the evening and throughout the weekend, rarely turning off the world and unplugging from the expected rat race. Heck, you can even trade foreign stocks in the middle of the night if you feel the need!
The side-effects of staying plugged in are endless: poor health, exhaustion, anxiety, depression. This list goes on as well.
There is so much value in disciplining one’s self to turn off the every day and be renewed. Just look at the professional athlete. Recovery is a HUGE part of maintaining performance and success over the long haul. Athletes that learn to rest and recover after extensive training build muscle, renew their tired minds, and ultimately come back for the next training session stronger, fresher and ready to perform. Athletes that don’t learn to recover well overtrain, get hurt or burn out.
So if you are tired all the time, burned out, anxious or having a hard time recovering, maybe you need to draw a line in the sand. Maybe you need to learn from the pros about the importance of rest and recovery. Maybe you need to unplug!
How do you recover? What tips do you have for unplugging and restoring your energy levels?