Getting enough rest after intense exercise is essential to recovery, but many athlete feel guilty when they take a day off. Rest days are critical to sports performance for a variety of reasons. Optimal physical recovery requires time between between workouts to rebuild and repair. Continuous training can actually weaken even the strongest athletes.
Rest and relaxation is not only an essential part of sports training, sometimes it just feels good. But resting your overused muscles isn't the only type of rest an athlete needs. If you dealing with mental stress, both sports performance and overall health may suffer.
Chronic psychological stress, in the form of work and family pressures, traffic, financial troubles and other everyday stressors can have dramatic affects on your overall health.
Here are some tips and tricks to help relieve both physical and mental stress: