Tips and Tricks to Encourage Rest, Recovery, and Recharging
You know it’s best to get roughly 8 hours of sleep a day. You’ve heard the studies that sleep is a must when it comes to athletic performance and recovery. Anyone who’s ever pulled an all-nighter can tell you their thinking was cloudy the next day. Sleep deprivation is estimated to be as dangerous for driving as driving drunk. But what happens when you’re sleeping 7-8 or more hours/night and you’re still tired? Here are a few ways to recharge and rest beyond a healthy sleep schedule. Try one or more of these strategies to restore a youthful vibrance to your day.
1 – Quiet Reflection
When you give your brain some open space/time, it will be free to do what it knows it needs. Neurologically, you’ll see more of a certain brain wave activity called sensory motor rhythms. This is a narrow range of brain waves sometimes referred to as low beta waves. These reflective moments, devoid of external stimulation, allow your brain to access a so-called default mode of neural processing, which is critical for helping you develop a greater sense of self-awareness, recall personal memories, make moral judgments, and give your life meaningful context.
Have you ever been banging your head against the wall on an issue with no solution in sight? Try taking a break, go for a walk, take a bath, jump on the trampoline, or hold your baby. Your brain will kick into high gear just under the conscious level and then the solution will often pop into your head.
2 – Active Recovery
If you’re like me, you love a good hard workout. With sports like triathlon, crossfit, and spartan obstacle course racing under my belt, I’m no stranger to pushing my body to its limits. However, doing this every day can lead to problems just as bad as never doing it.
Light activity like going on a walk around the lake with a loved one, playing some casual tennis with a friend, or playing a round of golf are great ways to stay active and log hours of physical movement while letting your body recover and recharge for the next time you drop the hammer on your next truly strenuous workout. This kind of light-activity rest can boost your mood, help you control stress, and give you a healthier and longer life. A report from researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital found that people who worked at something they enjoyed, whether it was mental or physical, were more likely to develop into “superagers,” the kind of folks who grow old but maintain the cognitive functions of a 20- or 30-year-old.
3 – Social Activity
Whether it’s your Saturday group bike ride, grabbing a drink with some buddies, or heading to church on Sunday morning, being a part of a social community has far-reaching health benefits. Brigham Young University found a lack of socialization is comparable to notable hazards like smoking, sitting, and alcohol consumption—which is to say, it takes years off of your life. So if you’re a type A and you think you need to get just a little more work done then do yourself and the people who love you a favor and schedule a date!
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