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Why your training cant go on holidays

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Athlete, Social sport enthusiast, Office Worker or Student, come December EVERYONE is ready for a break. 
However it’s important to recognise that training, rehab and fitness should be left out of that category for a number of reasons.


1. Strength has no loyalty
Science tells us that it only takes 7 days for your nervous system, muscles and tendons to start to lose their strength. Which means that everyday after that leaves a big hole in your training and sets back the load you can safely start on when you return to your regular schedule. 
For those in a rehab phase of their training, muscle and tendon strength is a huge factor in your timeline to return to activity.

2. Neither does fitness 
Anaerobically speaking, significant decreases in performance can be noted after just 7 days of detraining. This means that your explosiveness and ability to perform repeat efforts will reduce. But the good news here is the enzymes that maintain your anaerobic capacity can be built up quite quickly as intensity seems to be the big factor in anaerobic conditioning, not volume. 
However if you’re currently in season, you’re much better off keeping your training up to avoid the return to training DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and increased risk of injury.

3. Consistency is key 
Consistency is what separates the elite from the good. This is the number one rule for rehab, particularly for anyone who has a deadline for return to activity. Corrective exercises should be treated like regular exercises as points 1 and 2 apply to previously injured areas too. The more diligently a rehab program is followed the shorter the rehab timeline.
For those of you in season the previously listed points are problems you want to avoid at all costs, not just for your performance but to make sure you give your body the best chance to go uninjured. 

Holidays are meant to be enjoyed, so the great thing is that you don’t have to spend hours everyday working to maintain your strength, conditioning and rehab. It requires a fraction of the time to maintain what you’ve already gained than it does to build it back up.


Written by Hayley Campbell.

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