Post Season Training For Runners: Off Season Maintenance Running Schedule
Off season maintenance running schedule is very important for all runners. There are many reasons why it’s so critical. One reason is because if you don’t maintain your fitness level then you will not have the stamina to run at your best during the long winter months when your body needs it most.
Another reason is because it helps you stay healthy and fit throughout the year.
There are several ways to go about maintaining your fitness level during the off season. You could try out different types of cardio or strength training routines, but what you really need to do is take some time off from running.
You might think that taking a break would be too much work, but actually it isn’t. It takes only two weeks of no running and you’ll feel like a new runner again!
The benefits of taking a break from running include:
Improved recovery ability – Your muscles need time to recover after exercise. When you’re doing hard aerobic exercises, such as jogging or cycling, your muscles get sore and tired quickly. But when you stop exercising for two weeks, your body goes into “resting mode.” Resting allows your muscles to recuperate before they start working again.
Less soreness – After you start running again, you won’t feel as sore or tired as you did before.
Improved running posture – When you come back to run again after a break, you’ll find that your jogging or running posture has improved. This is because your muscles have had some time to get back in shape after being in a rested state.
Better flexibility – During your break from running, your muscles don’t become as stiff or rigid, so when you start up again, you’ll feel limber and less inflexible than you felt before.
Reduced risk of injury – Many common running injuries, such as shin splints or muscle strains, are caused by pushing yourself too hard physically and not allowing your body to recover. Taking a break from running will help lower your risk of injury.
So you can see that maintenance running is good for your body. It will allow your muscles to rest, and it will help prevent injuries from running. Plus, after a two week break from running, you’ll feel mentally refreshed and ready to go again!
Runners sometimes find that they get bored when they stop running for a period of time. If you start to feel bored, there are some things you can do to keep yourself busy and active. The most important thing is to listen to your body.
Give it a rest when it needs one, but don’t overdo it.
If you follow the tips in this article, you’ll be able to run faster, longer and stronger than ever before!
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