"It was about time" is the sentence that most endurance athletes think when, between February and March, the first true ray of light touches their faces, the first warm breeze caresses their skin, the first birds chirping enlighten their day. Ok, we may not be precisely in the race season nor spring yet, but all these clear signs suggest it is a great time to start getting ready, both mentally and physically, for the upcoming endurance events. That's why we are about to list down six suggestions that will allow you to look after your body and mind properly, in vision of the so awaited competitions. We'll suggest some good practices and several products made on purpose to get you back in a top-notch state in a not-too-long time!
GETTING READY FOR THE RACE SEASON - 6 SIMPLE SUGGESTIONS
1# Train gradually!
There's nothing more wrong than trying to break your records on the first day. You are just not ready for it yet, and the competitions are still months away. Train gradually and allow your body to get used once again to the effort. Don't overdo it, and you'll reach the race season in a good health state.
2# Stay positive!
Be fair to yourself when you feel you have reached your limits earlier than expected. You haven't been training for a long time. Positive thinking will help you get through your first real training sessions of the year. When your body can't take it anymore, be positive and remember the good results you reached in the previous competitions. It's not the first time you start back training. You've been through this already, and you'll go through it again.
3# Plan up!
Train several times a week to condition your body. When planning a training schedule, decide how many days a week you can dedicate to it. Work with a trainer or find a workout plan online that suits you well. There's nothing wrong with using some products to enhance your performance, so feel free to browse some of our energy-related products. From bars to gels to powders, choose the energy kick most suitable for your case (and taste). Plan ahead, and you'll get the most out of your training.
4# Don't train too full: just replenish right!
One of the most common mistakes athletes make is eating within an hour or two from a workout. The secret to proper fueling is quite simple: You need to know what to eat, how much to eat, and most importantly, when to eat. A successful training plan should also include your replenishing strategies: Do you need an energy gel during the session? What about electrolyte drinks? Take in consideration the options you find more suitable for your personal case!
5# Recover & rest!
Always ensure to recover correctly during your training days. For endurance athletes who want lean muscle mass, a 3:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio (as provided in Recoverite) is best during recovery. Two to six scoops of Recoverite supply the recommended amounts in the ideal ratio for restoring glycogen, rebuilding muscle tissue, and reducing soreness. Subsequently, include a nice dose of sleep, and you'll be ready for the next training day!
6# Your joints matter!
It's natural to get carried away in the excitement and try to extend training intensity over the limits of our bodies, but up to 75% of injuries occur from incrementing the training intensity too quickly. Don't let it happen: Train with wisdom, and protect your joints by including Tissue Rejuvenator or Vegan Tissue Rejuvenator into your daily supplement program, even during your days off.
These six simple suggestions are more than you need to start the training season with the right foot. Plan up, stay positive, mind your food and look after your body: Hammer Nutrition's mission is to help you on that. In the next article, we'll take a closer look at sports nutrition in preparation for endurance races season!!