Friday, January 24, 2020

Knowing When to Take a Break as a Runner

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Mark Hanamirian has an extensive background as a Philadelphia attorney and led a practice that focused on personal injuries. A lifelong fitness enthusiast, Mark Hanamirian enjoys activities such as cycling and running in his free time. A recent Runner’s World article posed the question of whether running each day is harmful or helpful to overall fitness.

With runners known for day-in, day-out dedication, a significant number of runners maintain a “no days off” philosophy. Unfortunately, this can hinder the body’s ability to recover from days of physical overload in ways that negatively impact strength. A day or two of minimal working out or complete rest each week serves to stimulate the physiological changes necessary to repair muscles and build toward new conditioning plateaus.

Signs of physical overwork to be attuned to include general fatigue, appetite loss, and lessened ability to fight off colds. In addition, interrupted sleep may become more common, with the heart rate particularly elevated in the morning. When training, a sense that it is becoming more challenging to maintain the usual pace is often a sign that a break is needed.