The following are some of the reasons why a serious athlete should handle fatigue:
1) You will have better results if you manage your own fatigue rather than relying on others to do it for you.
2) Your performance may suffer if you don’t take care of yourself.
3) If you don’t get enough sleep, then your performance suffers too.
4) Your training sessions may not go as well as they could because you aren’t rested enough.
Let’s start with #1. You need to manage your own fatigue, otherwise you won’t perform at your best level. If you rely on someone else to do it for you, then chances are that person isn’t going to give their all in helping out or they might just use up all the energy that was put into the task and quit before finishing it off.
If you want to improve your performance, then you need to train hard and make sure that you’re getting sufficient rest between workouts.
So how do you do this?
Well, there are two ways. One way is by using a smart phone app called Strava (Staying fit through exercise). Another way is by doing interval training where you alternate between high intensity intervals like sprinting and low intensity intervals like walking or jogging.
When Should You Rest?
If you’re an athlete, then chances are that your sport is one of the major things in your life and it probably plays a large part in your day-to-day routine. Most people don’t really think about rest and recovery until something goes wrong or when they feel sick.
How do you know if you need to take a break?
Take Strava (Staying fit through exercise) as an example. If you’re using this app to train for a marathon or any other endurance event, then you need to start paying attention to your resting heart rate. In general, this number shouldn’t increase by more than 5 beats per minute from one day to the next.
What if your RHR does increase?
Should you just try to tough it out and keep exercising? What if you ignore the signs your body is giving you and something bad happens as a result?
These are the types of questions that every athlete has to deal with at some point in their athletic careers.
If you’re someone who doesn’t really pay attention to your body, then you might need to start learning what your limits are. That’s not to say that you can’t push yourself to the next level, it’s just that you need to know when to stop before you do irreversible damage.
Now, you may be wondering what kind of damage can occur if you don’t rest. This is a good question and one that has more than one answer. One thing that can happen (and is most likely) is that your performance level will drop. If you’re used to running 5 miles every day then suddenly you’re only able to run 4 miles one day then eventually you won’t be able to run more than a mile without getting seriously winded.
Another thing that can happen is that you can get sick or sustain an injury. If you don’t take the time to rest and your body has to power through anyway, then you’re probably going to have a harder time getting better.
There’s nothing wrong with taking a break every now and then as long as you know when to stop and start again in the future. The problem comes when you try to push yourself too hard because then you’re just setting yourself back even further.
Everyone Is Different
The reason why everyone’s different is due to so many factors that it’s impossible to count them all. There are some similarities when it comes to the human body, but everyone has things that are completely unique about them.
If you want to keep yourself healthy, then you need to start learning what your limitations are and what’s within those limitations. You also need to learn what you can do in order to maximize your potential.
The problem is this isn’t the kind of thing you can learn from a book or over the course of a few weeks. This is something that you have to experience for yourself and even then there’s no guarantee that you’ll ever figure yourself out completely.
What this all boils down to is you need to experiment and try different things until you find something that works for you.
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