So what can you do on a forced day off to stop from losing your progress? For most, they probably going to enjoy the snow day, which is fine - a day off every once in a while is good. Others are probably going to go crazy inside their houses all day. Either way, here are a few things you can do to keep yourself on the right track and still have a nice day off.
1 - Get some sleep. Rest is a vital component of recovery and progress. Hopefully most of you got to sleep in, and after a full day at home, you might be ready to go to sleep a little earlier than usual. Getting that extra rest will help your body recover from training and give you plenty of energy for the coming days!
2 - Eat healthy. Since you have plenty of time to cook for yourself now, go ahead and spend the time and effort to make a good meal. Get some vegetables, fruits, meats, etc, over the course of day. It's also an opportunity to make meals for future days and make sure you can eat healthy for the rest of the week. Nutrition is another vital component of your development as an athlete.
3 - Do your "developmentals." While getting rest is important, you can still take 15-20 minutes to do what we call your developmental exercises. On our workout sheets, these are the exercises between your foam roller work and your dynamic warm up, designed to improve movement quality and improve any restrictions we found on your biomechanical integrity analysis. These are things you can do at home, and really should do every day (even when you're not at SPU). But, being as it's a snow day, it's a particularly good day to get them done.
Stay safe, and enjoy the day off!
SPU's Alex Drayson and Matt Migiano write the SPU Athletic Performance Blog.
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