We've gotten a lot of questions about recovery tips for Jiu Jitsu, but before we dive into these tips, we want to emphasize rest. Needless to say, training Jiu Jitsu can be an exhausting workout for a number of reasons. Pushing your body in tough rolls and all the auxiliary strength and conditioning is taxing on the body. Muscle fatigue, dehydration, and injury rate all increase the longer we train. How can we maximize our Jiu Jitsu practice while minimizing the toll Jiu Jitsu takes on our bodies? Rest is one of the answers, arguably one of the most important.
Taking intentional rest days is the key to enhance physical recovery, as well as reset mental acuity and motivation. When we slog through training, fighting our bodies cues to relax. Our ability to retain knowledge decreases, as well as the ability to perform at the highest level. It is crucial to be able to listen to your body and take a day off the mats when it's needed.
You will find the next day on the mats after a rest day often is your favorite day of training. Your muscles may have an extra bounce, that nagging knee pain is reduced, and your narrative shifts “I can’t wait to train today!”
There is no reason to rush, so enjoy the journey and take care of the vehicle that affords you the opportunity to train in this martial art. Rest up my friends!
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