How To Take Smart Exercise Breaks

One writer shares six simple tips to ward off injury.

Sometimes a break can make you a better runner. Photo:

One writer shares six simple tips to ward off injury.

Alison Johnson of the Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia has recently written a column about when to take a break from exercise. She notes that even the most diehard of exercise enthusiasts must build in time for smart recovery. Though most of her tips are self-evident, they are still worth reading.

“Rest is a very important part of all exercise and athletic programs,” says Hampton, Virginia-based physical therapist Tim Lawrence.

At the top of the tip list is determining the need for the right amount of recovery time. For aerobic activities such as running, 24 hours may be sufficient, but after conducting weight training and other workouts that involve heavy resistance, 48 hours may be required in order to repair muscles.

Second on the list is factoring in the impact of the body’s temperature increase during exercise. “You also may need a day off if you have abdominal unrest — vomiting and diarrhea can cause dehydration — or a cough or congestion that makes breathing more difficult,” writes Johnson.

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