Building recovery time into any training program is important because this is the time that the body adapts to the stress of exercise and the real training effect takes place. Recovery also allows the body to replenish energy stores and repair damaged tissues. Exercise or any other physical work causes changes in the body such as muscle tissue breakdown and the depletion of energy stores (muscle glycogen) as well as fluid loss. Recovery time allows these stores to be replenished and allows tissue repair to occur. Without sufficient time to repair and replenish, the body will continue to breakdown from intensive exercise.
Long-term recovery specifically refers to those that are built in to a training program. Most well-designed training schedules will include recovery days and/or weeks that are built into an annual training schedule. This is also the reason athletes and coaches change their training program throughout the year, add cross-training, modify workouts types, and make changes in intensity, time, distance, and other training variables.
There are limits to how much stress the body can tolerate before it breaks down and risks injury. Doing too much work too quickly will result in injury or muscle damage, but doing too little, too slowly will not result in any improvement. This is why personal trainers set up specific training programs that increase time and intensity at a planned rate and allow rest days throughout the program!
At The Edge, we build this into our training programming through our Edge Strong Recover class. Recover is our 45-minute class that is built to promote restoration through a mix of active mobility exercises and low-intensity flexibility movements. This class is for anyone looking to increase overall mobility and provide the opportunity to RECOVER!
Work hard, rest harder!