Whether you’re a weekend warrior or competitive athlete, preparation is crucial to maximize your workouts and gains. This post is inspired by the passing (and completion by two of the staff!) of the New York City Marathon. While it is crucial to have a proper training plan in place, other considerations are also important.
- Have a training plan in place or meet with a trainer to learn how to meet your training goals
- Stay hydrated! About 60% of your body is water, so make sure you sustain these levels
- If you’re training long distance, make sure your glycogen stores are supplied, meaning you need your carbs!
- If you’re training for strength gains, ensure you’re consuming enough protein
- Meet with a nutritionist to help you maximize your dietary goals for your workout goals
- Listen to your body and give yourself rest; don’t try to jump right back into your normal routine if you’ve just completed any sort of competition
- Hydrate and fuel the body to replenish what was used up!
- Stretch and do mobility work- make sure the muscles remain at an optimal length and that you don’t tighten up
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-Meghan J., Physical Therapist at Dedham Health and completer of the 2017 NYC Marathon!