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Importance of Rest for Athletes

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Importance of Rest for Athletes

Many athletes know that getting enough rest after exercise is essential to greater performance, but still continue to overtrain. They think that more is better and that if they take a day off they will feel guilty. What they do not realize is the body repairs itself in between workouts, and continuous training actually can weaken the athlete.

Rest days are crucial to sports performance for many different reasons. Some are physiological and some are psychological. Rest is necessary so the body can repair itself and strengthen itself. For the weekend warrior, implementing rest days can make time for other activities such as spending time with family, work and other fitness goals.

The worst that can happen with the lack of rest days is a condition called "overtraining syndrome", a condition that is very hard to come back from. Experts point out that many bodybuilders, including professionals, tend to train 4-5 days a week with a few rest days somewhere in there. The reason being is that training puts a lot of stress on the tendons and joints. The goal is to reduce wear and tear on the body while optimizing results for athletic performance. Overdoing training reverses this process and causes the body to wear on itself thus being a root cause for sickness and chronic tiredness.

Athletes that train often are also prone to fluid loss and depletion of energy as mentioned above. Recovery allows for these stores to be replenished and the tissues to be repaired. Without enough time to repair and replenish the body will breakdown as a result. The symptoms of overtraining include depression, decreased athletic performance, sickness, irritability, loss of motivation, insomnia, decreased appetite, weight loss, elevated heart rate, injury prone and persistent muscle soreness.

Overtraining is also the cause of what is known as a plateau. This is where one may become "stuck in a rut", preventing further progress or noticeable results. Ways to recover from training include deep tissue massage, yoga, meditation, acupressure/acupuncture, swimming, contrast bath, cryotherapy and heat therapy.

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Many athletes know that getting enough rest after exercise is essential to greater performance, but still continue to overtrain. They think that more is better and that if they take a day off they will feel guilty. What they do not realize is the body repairs itself in between workouts, and...

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    My condolences to the fmlaiy of the Greek patriot who was killed. Greeks can not afford to loose one Greek through these avoidable crimes. Every day one Greek is killed or is brutally injured. These are terrorist actions and should not be tolerated. Greece needs to send these illegal immigrants back to their homelands. If there is a war in their homeland then those who support those wars should accept them...i.e., US attacked Iraq (for the weapons of mass destruction) then all Iraq immigrants should be sent to the US, muslim illegal immigrants sent to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar etc. Funny how Turkey is booming as they say, why is it that the illegal immigrants from muslim nations don't stay there and work and live? What about Pakistan? They spend tens of billions on nuclear weapons but they don't spend their money on creating a real economy that provides jobs? What about the China and the growth and wealth they say they have? Why is it they send millions to flood Europe through illegal immigration? Don't tell me they are looking for freedom. That is a lie. There are more billionaires created every week than anywhere else in the FREE WORLD...For the Jews who complain of these actions we will suggest that....Greece will send the illegal immigrants to Israel.The Jews keep complaining that Greeks, especially those who voted for Golden Dawn are racists/nazis/cannibals/devils/zombies/crazy....Will we see the Jews open their country to what amounts to 30-50% of their Jewish population being non-Jewish/muslim/black/brown/yellow...Will the Jews from the big organizations write letters complaining or will they accept this change in their country...Next time someone tells you that Golden Dawn is racist by wanting illegal immigrants from taking over their indigenous homeland maybe you should tell them Israel is already keeping out immigrants and has clearly stated that they will do what ever they can to preserve the Jewish state....Are Greeks willing to preserve the Greek state for Greeks or are you mindless fools doing what non-Greeks tell you!!Fed up with Greeks being killed? Fed up with not being able to walk the streets at night or day? Remember the 1990s you had no fear of being robbed or murdered? Remember when being a patriot and proud of your Greek language, history, culture was not considered racist?When was the last time you could say a politician was honest and looking after Greece and Greeks first?When will Greeks stop looking for foreign ideologies as solutions? Communism, pseudo-capitalism, marxism, multiculturalism....all failing or failed. Greece is doomed to installing new politicians who are only interested in stuffing their pockets and their relatives and friends pockets....do you really think KKE or SYRIZA are going to change things? No. When countries changed from pseudo-capitalism to communist there was just a replacement of the crooked with a set of new crooked losers!!Greeks need to take back their nation. Take back their economy and industry (open the economy and cease closed "jobs").Without a political party willing to clean out the corrupt and cronies the only thing will be further destruction and the extinguishing of Greeks.

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  • Mario
    October 12, 2015
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    My condolences to the fmlaiy of the Greek patriot who was killed. Greeks can not afford to loose one Greek through these avoidable crimes. Every day one Greek is killed or is brutally injured. These are terrorist actions and should not be tolerated. Greece needs to send these illegal immigrants back to their homelands. If there is a war in their homeland then those who support those wars should accept them...i.e., US attacked Iraq (for the weapons of mass destruction) then all Iraq immigrants should be sent to the US, muslim illegal immigrants sent to Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar etc. Funny how Turkey is booming as they say, why is it that the illegal immigrants from muslim nations don't stay there and work and live? What about Pakistan? They spend tens of billions on nuclear weapons but they don't spend their money on creating a real economy that provides jobs? What about the China and the growth and wealth they say they have? Why is it they send millions to flood Europe through illegal immigration? Don't tell me they are looking for freedom. That is a lie. There are more billionaires created every week than anywhere else in the FREE WORLD...For the Jews who complain of these actions we will suggest that....Greece will send the illegal immigrants to Israel.The Jews keep complaining that Greeks, especially those who voted for Golden Dawn are racists/nazis/cannibals/devils/zombies/crazy....Will we see the Jews open their country to what amounts to 30-50% of their Jewish population being non-Jewish/muslim/black/brown/yellow...Will the Jews from the big organizations write letters complaining or will they accept this change in their country...Next time someone tells you that Golden Dawn is racist by wanting illegal immigrants from taking over their indigenous homeland maybe you should tell them Israel is already keeping out immigrants and has clearly stated that they will do what ever they can to preserve the Jewish state....Are Greeks willing to preserve the Greek state for Greeks or are you mindless fools doing what non-Greeks tell you!!Fed up with Greeks being killed? Fed up with not being able to walk the streets at night or day? Remember the 1990s you had no fear of being robbed or murdered? Remember when being a patriot and proud of your Greek language, history, culture was not considered racist?When was the last time you could say a politician was honest and looking after Greece and Greeks first?When will Greeks stop looking for foreign ideologies as solutions? Communism, pseudo-capitalism, marxism, multiculturalism....all failing or failed. Greece is doomed to installing new politicians who are only interested in stuffing their pockets and their relatives and friends pockets....do you really think KKE or SYRIZA are going to change things? No. When countries changed from pseudo-capitalism to communist there was just a replacement of the crooked with a set of new crooked losers!!Greeks need to take back their nation. Take back their economy and industry (open the economy and cease closed "jobs").Without a political party willing to clean out the corrupt and cronies the only thing will be further destruction and the extinguishing of Greeks.

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