The last 4 years have been filled with non-stop basketball. As a member of the Rain or Shine Elastopainters in the Philippine Basketball Association, winning has been a consistent theme seeing that we have reached the semifinals in 9 straight conferences. Add on the numerous practices between games, additional individual work (weights/conditioning), along with every day life and one can find themselves pretty worn out.
Deep playoff runs provide a short vacation; which for me have been consumed by national team duties. Gilas provides the same commitments as the PBA season (games/practice/individual work) along with travel demands and the pressures of representing the country on the world stage.
All in all these opportunities are blessings and have allowed me to recognize the importance of rest in my professional routine. I believe this is applicable to anyone looking to improve their fitness status, no matter your age or profession. As much as it’s important to have a strict workout regimen and self-discipline to hit the gym, the same amount of attention needs to be put on rest to be able to perform at your peak ability. The amount of rest needed varies, depending on the individual. What may work for me, might not work for you but there is the challenge to really listen to your body and help yourself maximize your workouts.
Here are some tips that have helped me over the years:
-Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep
-Drink a lot of water; especially here in the Philippines, hydration is important
-Make sure to stretch well before and after your workout
-Cold compression for my legs (http://www.sportpump.com)
-Massages twice a month
Next time you sit down and schedule your workout plan for the month remember to be honest with yourself, but still push yourself to get into the best shape of your life. Factor in rest, so you can be at 100 percent when you step into the gym and no time is wasted!