Training for a big event, or even for endurance can take its toll on the body. Over training can be dangerous and detrimental to your progress. It’s important to keep a good balance between training hard and downtime, but it can be hard to switch off. Here are three great stress busting training tips to help you work towards on your goals while relieving some tension.
#1 Take a walk on the wild side
If you’re a treadmill runner, get out into nature more often and incorporate more outdoor training into your routine. Studies have shown that spending more time in nature is great for mental health. If you’re already a fan of the great outdoors, but usually run through it at breakneck speed, stop and take some time to soak it in. Getting stuck in a rut is easy. Running the same routes, and becoming complacent to our surroundings. Try mixing it up, and visiting new locations. Or taking a leisurely stroll around your usual route to spot things you may have been missing.
#2 Try yoga
Yoga can be done on your terms. Don’t be intimidated by the glossy, inspirational pictures on Instagram. Try not to worry that you’re not flexible, balanced or focused enough to master it. You don’t have to. This ancient practice is an excellent stress reliever. It’s also great for improving flexibility and posture. You don’t have to be perfect, instead, focus on the enjoyment and the quiet time. The stretching alone can be ideal for sore, overworked muscles.
If you’re a total newbie, do your research first. Try and prepare yourself for your first session by reading as many yoga tips and tricks as possible. Find out what equipment you will need, and which muscle groups you’ll be working. The more you know about what to expect the more you can relax and enjoy it.
#3 Shake it off
There’s no greater stress reliever than just letting go and throwing a few shapes. Not only is dance great cardio, but it’s usually social, and it can get a little bit silly. The best thing about it is that it doesn’t have any rules. So you’re free to express yourself without measuring it against a benchmark. Try finding a dance class that teaches a style you’re unfamiliar with, and going along with an open mind. Most cities offer a range of adult dance classes, from hip hop to ballet, and are usually welcoming to newcomers. Does the thought of dancing in a room full of strangers fill you with dread? Then gather up some friends and bring them along too. Not only will you have a great workout, but you’ll likely have a good laugh.
What’re Your Thoughts?
Most importantly, you should always remember to keep things balanced. Don’t push yourself beyond your limits, know the importance of recovery, and don’t forget to look after your mental health. It’s just as important, if not more important than your physical health.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.