I’m Harry Jameson, Personal Trainer and Wellbeing Expert.
I’m working with The 1851 Trust and INEOS for their Go Humans Academy, and I want to talk to you about the importance of REST AND RECOVERY.
Rest and recovery are key attributes for wellbeing during and after exercise, or as part of a fitness programme.
A lack of proper recovery can often lead to an overload on the body, resulting in a decrease of physical and mental performance.
Too much exertion or too much stress can have a negative impact.
Whereas, an adequate recovery routine can mean a better mental state, increased concentration and memory, a healthier immune system, reduced stress, improved mood and even a better metabolism.
Factors that can contribute to better recovery can include getting enough quality sleep, keeping hydrated, making sure you have a nutritious, balanced diet and making sure to stretch out.
Have you ever tried comparing and contrasting your recovery time?
Try measuring your resting heart rate. Then compare your post-exercise heart rate.
Have a think about what this shows us, and discuss how recovery time could be improved.
Remember, incremental gains are what we’re going for here.