Happy Monday everybody and a happy spring too. We all have those periods of our life, or at least, the year, where the schedule is jam packed. Training during busy times, and in an athlete’s case in-season, is very important and there are a few reasons why.
Stress Management- When you’re in season or in a busy period of your life, you will undoubtedly be stressed out. Unless you are perfect when it comes to managing your stress (no such thing really), then you are going to need a way to relieve it to some degree, before you have some sort of break down. Strength training might not be the cure all, but it does the job well for most. You exert yourself, you get back some of your confidence, release some of those endorphins, pretty good stuff if you ask me.
Keep the Sick Bug Away- Not unlike above, when you train during your busy blocks of life, assuming you don’t train to absolute train-wreck-failure, you can keep that little sick bug away that tends to pop up when we overwork ourselves and our body breaks down. Adjust the weights and your intensity of your training to match your energy, and you’ll keep your immune system in good shape, let alone your body.
Building and Maintaining Strength- Yes, even in busy times of your life, or in-season for athletes, you can build some strength. Even if you’re not quite getting the training in that builds your strength, you’ve likely taken a lot of time and care to build your strength, you don’t want to go back to square one if you can help it, right? Just 1 training session a week, though I’d recommend 2, can help you at the very least maintain what you’ve built.
There, now the next time you know the schedule is about to get jammed, whether it be practice, meetings or whatever, you know the reasons to try to keep at your training. Thanks for reading today everyone, have a great week!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS