NEW YEAR – Doing too much too soon

It’s the new year and a new you! Take care out there as we all set out on our quests to be better, stronger, faster and probably skinnier! I posted about the risks of under-eating and the risks for us all of RED-S (relative energy deficiency syndrome). Intake of sufficient nutrients is important for athlete performance so you should ensure that you are getting what you need to thrive not just survive. Check with a Registered Dietitian for specific advice and make sure to drink good water when thirsty.

TRAINING in the New year:

Consider where you are starting from and if you didn’t exercise much in 2017 then it’s clear that you are starting from a low level of aerobic fitness and probably strength.

Start by improving strength and mobility with simple classes at the gym or even just climbing stairs! It can be that simple. Strong muscles help protect the joints and enable more vigorous exercise. Build weekly on what you have achieved in the previous week by adding weights and moving more, 10-15% more each week is plenty.

If you train a lot already consider how much recovery time and sleep you need and make sure to get it. Adaption to training takes place during rest and recovery. Good nutrition makes it all possible.

Small increases in training load lead to more effective adaption and a lower injury risk so no matter your level of experience, small adjustments make for greater season’s gains.

Reach for the stars in 2018 and you will get to where you want to go. Just don’t try to get there by January 31. Have a great 2018, enjoy greater fitness and health.

Dai Roberts – IRONMAN Certified Coach

Independent BEMER Distributer

Published by Dai Roberts Triathlon

Health and performance focused professional triathlon and running coach since 2010. Coaching runners since 2001. European AG champion and world championships AG bronze medalist. BEMER specialist and Independent Distributor. Coaching runners and triathletes of all ages from youth to world championships level. I trained under the IRONMAN coaching program alongside the US MASTERS swimming, USA Cycling and USA Track and Field program as well as UK Athletics. Lifelong learning, athlete centered and successful. Retired UK Military after 32 years service.

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