You work hard to improve your times, stamina, and endurance. Fatigue is part of the running game. But, there’s equal and maybe even more value to getting adequate rest. Rest and recovery days are an absolute must for any athlete. If you’re going to get the rest you need, you need a space where you can relax and de-stress. We’ve got some tips to help you kick back and let your mind escape while your body recharges.
Make Time and Space
It’s only during rest that your muscles can fully recover. Carve out a space in your home for relaxation. For some, that will be a corner of the living while others may find they relax better while cooking over a hot stove. Another good option is the bedroom. It’s already private and quiet, and you can customize it to your personal likes and dislikes. No matter where it is in the home, find your area and start personalizing it.
Get Comfortable with Nature
You’ve got to be comfortable if you’re going to relax. Take advantage of nature. The outdoors have the power to restore your concentration and help the mind escape from depressive thoughts. Design elements that hint at nature can have similar benefits. Furniture in natural finishes and natural fabrics like linen and cotton add warmth and comfort at the same time.
We’re not talking about trendy, we’re talking about colours that are cool on the colour wheel. Cool neutrals like white and grey work well as the backdrop for any colour you decide to add later. Blues and greens in pastel shades are other good options because they are relaxing to the eye. Try to keep bold colours and patterns to a minimum.
Clutter is anxiety-inducing. Follow the simple rule that the less cluttered the space, the less cluttered your mind will be. Move extra furniture, magazines, remotes, and books to other places. Keep a minimum of furniture and only the bare essentials as far as decor. A comfortable chair and side table with a lamp and potted plant might be all you need. It should be comfortable but visually quiet so your mind can rest.
Build a Routine
Build relaxation into your daily routine. It could be 15 or 20 minutes of reading or listening to quiet music after you come home from work or lying on the bed for 30 minutes after your post-workout shower. Consistency will help you get the most out of your downtime.
It’s especially important to create a routine around your bedtime. De-stressing before bed is probably more valuable to your recovery than at any other time of day. During the deep sleep stages, your body releases human growth hormone to repair and build your muscles. So be consistent with your routine and include relaxing activities to make sure you’re getting a full seven to nine hours of sleep.
Tailor your space to fit your personality and lifestyle. If the sunroom is the best place for you to unwind, take advantage of all it has to offer. Make your space simple and comfortable. From there, give your body the time it needs to rest and recover.