All athletes understand how important it is to work hard, stay consistent, and be disciplined. They recognize that the amount of success you achieve depends on the hours you spend training in the gym, preparing your mind and body for what is to come. They also realize how important it is to get the right amount of rest and recovery. Rest and recovery are often an overlooked part of the process; however, it is very important and plays a big role in an athlete’s overall performance.

Becoming a great athlete isn’t all about working hard in the gym. It is also about having balance in your life, and allowing your body to repair itself, not just breaking down your muscles. Part of the process of building your body is allowing it to rest.

All of the extra demands placed on the body as an athlete to perform at a consistently high level needs to be balanced out with the right amounts of recovery time. This process of regeneration can take many different forms, some that are beneficial, and others that are necessary. Both play a good part in making you become the best athlete you can be.

One of the non-negotiables is getting the right amount of sleep. Getting the proper length and quality of sleep is vital for maintaining your health. Cells are allowed to renew, muscles regenerate, and your central nervous system all replenishes themselves while you sleep. Even though this is the case, many people view sleep as something of a luxury that you can do without if you need to. They are dead wrong.

All serious athletes know that sleep is imperative to giving your body the chance to recuperate after and between training hard. Having a lack of sleep will affect your brain’s ability to make good decisions, your body’s ability to train at peak performance and restore natural reserves. Repairing your physical and mental faculties is more effective when you are in a complete state of rest.

There is no replacement for sleep. If you are not getting enough sleep or feel you don’t have enough time during the day to get everything done, you should try and make new schedules or prioritize things differently; however, you should never compromise on the amount of sleep that your body needs.

So, now that we have established the importance of sleep, we can look at other aspects of the repair process. For example, getting a massage is a nice thing to do for your body, however, it is not as much of a requirement as getting the right amount of sleep is. However, a massage can give you enormous benefits and provide you with real results that you can feel. Getting a sports-specific massage can help aid in how fast your muscles recover by helping tense muscles relax and release built-up toxins while speeding up the rebuilding process. Other than that, it just feels good. Which makes massage a good thing for both your mental and physical health.