Recovery Is Important Too…..

Recovery from a hard workout or any workout is necessary.  Your body needs time to heal from the workout/race that you just put it through.  Yes, recovery does include eating a nutritious snack within 30 minutes of exercise as well as a meal within 1.5 hours after that exercise but also rest.  Our bodies need to rest to help it recover from the workout you put it through.  That rest can come in the form of a great night’s sleep or in the form of a nap.

I am not a napper.  I typically utilize the time when my wife and step-son are napping getting reconnected with myself.  I use that as a time to reflect on life and just shut my mind off.  Of course sometimes I am on the laptop reading blogs and gathering information to help make me a better athlete.

eamesloungechair Recovery Is Important Too.....Then I stumbled across this beauty.  The Eames lounge chair. This left me thinking about how comfortable it would be to nestle my body into the lounge and stretching my legs onto the ottoman during a recovery nap.  Or even while typing a blog post and sitting back and relaxing.  Would there be a better way to recover from a long day?

What really had me thinking was that the chair is permanently tilted at a 15 degree angle.  This had me scratching my head in the fact that there is no way I would write blog posts because I would be sleeping in it.  I started to also wonder if I could set up a training room with a treadmill, my bike trainer, some weights and this chair.  Would I ever leave the room?

Trifuel had a post titles Snooze So You Don’t Lose posted on July 21, 2010.  The article list the following 6 items as key to endurance athletes performing at their best by getting enough sleep:

triathlonsleeping Recovery Is Important Too.....

He could have used the Eames Lounge Chair

How much sleep each athlete needs varies from one individual to another but in general athletes require at least 7 hours of sleep a night. The athlete can increase the likelihood of getting enough quality by practicing habits of good “sleep hygiene”. Good sleep hygiene consists of:
1.) Maintaining a regular bedtime and awakening schedule including weekends.
2.) Establishing a regular, relaxing bedtime routine by adopting such rituals as taking a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to soothing music.
3.) Sleeping in a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool (65 degrees Fahrenheit is recommended).
4.) Finish eating 2-3 hours prior to bedtime
5.) Avoid caffeine within 6 hours of bedtime
6.) Avoid exercise, if possible, for 4 hours prior to bedtime.

So my feeling is that I get around 5-6 hours of sleep per night and that having the Herman Miller Lounge and Ottoman will allow me to capture that other 1-2 hours that I need to perform at my best.

How do you recover?  Do you get enough sleep at night?  Do you nap?

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  1. Jim says:

    Unfortunately, I don’t get enough rest, but if I have time while on the road, I try to mix in a 30min nap. It leaves me feeling refreshed and alert for the rest of the day.
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  2. James says:

    It is funny. You read books about maximizing your efficiency (get ahead in your career, make more money, get more done) and they almost always say sleep less. Then you look at books about maximizing your performance and happiness and they say get more sleep. There is a balance but I lean towards the sleep.
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  3. I like to get around 8 hours a night, but I normally get 6.5-7. Most days of the week I can fit in an afternoon nap that really helps!
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  4. adena says:

    From a training and endurance athlete perspective I excel in the sleep arena. I can kick anyone’s ass with my ability to fall asleep quicly and go immediately into a deep deep sleep. At least I’m good at one type of training. hahahahah

  5. Nora says:

    I don’t sleep well, for some reason I wake up a few times a night. I SHOULD nap and will try as my miles get up there.
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  6. Johann says:

    I don’t sleep long hours (4 – 5 per day) but I sleep like a dog during those hours. I always train with a hard day, easy day routine and this seems to work for me.
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  7. Scott says:

    I “try” to get 8 hours of sleep and I sure can tell the difference when I do and when I just get 5-6, its amazing

  8. Shutupandrun says:

    I break alot of rules. I eat right before bed (gasp!), I watch TV in bed…I usually get at least 8+ hours of sleep a night though. Sometimes my farts wake me up and I’m not kidding.

  9. Carlee says:

    It’s hard to make these rules work for me, but I do my best. My husband gets home from work at around 8 so we are eating dinner too late, but what can you do? Family time trumps PRing. I do get about 6.5 hours of sleep during the week and at least an hour more than that at least one day on the weekend.

  10. Laura says:

    I find that 9 hours is my magical number… though I REALLY wish it was more like 7 hours. I try for 8 on a regular basis and sometimes I just crash on the couch for 1.5 hours.
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  11. Matty says:

    Dude, your following is growing like wildfire, most-likely not due to your incredibly hard work but one banner ad on a site that not many people visit. Who would have guessed?

    I think that going back to the Eames lounge chair as a place of doubt is a really good metaphor, one that I will most-likely refer to on my run this evening.
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  12. That chair looks so comfy! I bet it would be an awesome chair to nap in! I think, for the most part, I get enough sleep. But, there are days when I definitely wake up tired b/c I stayed up too late.
    If I could, I think I would take a nap every day! I love naps!
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  13. natasha says:

    I usually get my 8 hours of sleep and after a long run maybe a little more. I usually take 1 rest day a week. This week is an exception because I ran a marathon on Sat. so I decided to take 3 days off other then walking the dog.
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  14. Marlene says:

    I’m not a napper but I try to get 8-9 hours of sleep every night (and I usually succeed). I feel so much better when I get enough sleep!
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  15. MIchael says:

    I enjoyed this post. I really like the sleeping habits. I think I hit about 4 out of 6 of those, but unforuntately I’m just not a “good” sleeper. I’m usually up at least 2 to 3 times during the night which usually leaves me tired the next day. FYI – I mentioned you on my blog today.
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  16. Derek says:

    this list was made for me

    4
    and
    5

  17. Chuck says:

    I get nowhere near enough sleep. Its a vicious cycle though- in order to get my training in after work, I don’t get home till late, eat dinner late, go to bed late, and repeat. Someday I’ll get my life in order ha

  18. lindsay says:

    i know i need more sleep at night, but i have trouble falling asleep… that leads to missing my morning workout and having to run after work, it’s a “vicious” cycle.

    i don’t always shower before bed. is that bad? yes, because if i don’t shower it’s because i am TOO LAZY TO. how sad is that? haha.

  19. Sleep is also important in injury prevention. The RRCA points towards “lack of sleep” as a contributor to stress fractures. Body needs to rebuild.
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