Are you experiencing a recovery deficit?
Can you do more than the obligatory chores after work or study? Are you finding it increasingly difficult to do the things you used to enjoy? If these resonate, you may have a recovery deficit.
How can you recover if you do nothing to recover? After all, you don't get fit by lying on the couch.
Moreover, adequate sleep alone may not be enough to recover from everyday stressors, especially if you're training with a goal-oriented. Whether the source of the stress is positive (an inspiring work or self-development project, a trip to the cottage with loved ones) or negative (financial worries, an argument with a friend), you need to recover from both.
There are many ways to recover and manage stress; quality and adequate sleep, sufficient energy intake (especially carbohydrates), and active recovery low-intensity exercises, including walking in nature, cycling, or even frisbee golf. During recovery exercise, your heart rate should not get so high that you catch your breath.
Today's world challenges our recovery capacity in many different ways. Compared to older generations, a sedentary lifestyle and reduced physical activity tend to impair recovery from today's stressors.