Professional Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier says in his book Thrive Foods that there is "no such thing as overtraining, only under-recovering."
We couldn’t agree more.
While most of us have grown accustomed to the notion that the harder you train, the better you’ll perform, the fact is that sometimes, less is more.
We invite you to reconsider, or at least amend, this age-old adage.
Mental and physical stress — from the pressures of competition, to the aches and pain that come with long workouts — can wreak havoc on even the strongest of athletes.
Depriving your body of rest days during a particularly grueling training program can cause breakdown in muscle tissue, depletion of energy stores, decreased immunity, and depression, not to mention a drop in your performance.
Valuing recovery is critical to your success as an athlete, helping your body adapt and benefit from the fruits of your physical labor. Sure, kicking off your sneakers and vegging out on the couch is one way to rest, but incorporating yoga into your recovery routine is optimal for those hoping to take the healing process one step further.
Here are the three poses to help you hit reset:
1. Restorative bridge
Whether you’ve been working out at the gym or working on your laptop, the muscles in the front of your body (especially in the hips and chest) will echo this kind of strain, tightening up and and gradually starting to “hunch” you forward. This pose helps to re-lengthen the front of the body while also providing a subtle traction for the low back, alleviating low back stiffness.