Whether you're training for a huge event or just going from couch to 5km there are training plans galore to get you moving. We all know that if we put the effort in we will complete our goals and hopefully have another badge of honour to proudly display.
I cycle crazy milage in the summer and love to have at least one big challenge to aim for. However, I want to prevent injuries, stay supple and most importantly get my body to old age in the best shape possible. So how can we train hard, lead an active life, prepare for the future and get the most out of ourselves without crossing a very dangerous line?
Often overlooked is how important recovery, rest and repair are.
I have learnt the hard way! I should have known better of course being a Physical Therapist but I am human too. I have pushed my body to the point of exhaustion, I have picked up injuries and I have scars.
So here are my own personal top tips to keep you in prevention mode rather than booking appointments to see me!
Recovery, rest and repair. A hero's guide to looking after your body!
1.Get a rub down. 2.Remember to stretch. 3.Get plenty of sleep. 4.Use massage balls. 5.Massage in and after your shower. 6.Elevate your legs.
Other things you can do to keep your body in tip top shape:
So I hope you find my guide useful. Try and do a few things off the list after a heavy session and see how you feel the next day. Remember it's not about crossing the finish line just once. A healthy body is required for a healthy mind. Pain is exhausting, injuries are annoying and very inconvenient. Prevention is always better than cure- you reap what you sow, karma etc etc etc! Show your body the respect it deserves and it will last for the long haul!
About the Author:
Sinéad Kennedy is a Physical Therapist, Yoga Siromani and Pilates Instructor, based in Rathfarnham, South County Dublin. She treats and teaches people from all walks of life, including many athletes, especially cyclists, runners & golfers. Featured in the Irish Independent, FIT Magazine, her Yoga 4 Cyclists class has gained notoriety.
A keen cyclist and proud member of Orwell Wheelers she has completed numerous cycling events including La Marmotte Sportive. She is currently training for Mont Ventoux Cingles, June 2018. Sinéad has also completed 3 Dublin City Marathons, numerous Adventure Races and Half Marathons.
Keen to spread the word on all things related to Wellness, Fitness, Coaching and Travel.