3. Sleep – For some people sleeping patterns are not dictated by their own choices. Sleep is extremely important for recovery especially if you’re training hard this summer.
If you find yourself sleep deprived this can contribute to cognitive impairment (trouble remembering, learning, making decisions and concentrating). In addition to this lack of sleep can decrease your restorative physiological process (recovery), (Samuels, 2008). Having two hours of sleep each night is nothing to be proud of.
We are not athletes, we have more to worry about than training/eating/recovering. Next time you’re having a less than optimal session ask yourself why. If you are in a position to control your outlook on the situation then make the most of it, take as much positivity towards whatever external factors you’re facing and the less significant they will feel.
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