Whether preparing for a marathon, the World Series, or the Olympics, elite athletes share a crucial practice: safe training. To avoid injury and maximize your workout gains, adopting these safe training practices is one of the most important steps you can take towards becoming your best athlete.
Workouts should be challenging. However, the combination of high physical exertion and bad habits can have a negative impact on physical health. Motivated by the thrill of success, the glory of competition or the satisfactions of a fit lifestyle, many of us have found ourselves training far beyond the point of diminishing returns. Despite our best intentions, the benefits we seek through training are often counteracted by practices that are ultimately counterproductive to our health and well-being.
Learning one’s physical boundaries is among the most effective ways to train safely. Though pushing oneself during exercise is a necessary factor of progression, it’s important to ensure ambition does not overtake personal safety. Training too hard ultimately counteracts the boons of physcial activity.
Smart training includes developing a schedule that maximizes both energy and motivation. Pick a regular training time that fits your daily routine. If you are a morning person, you may benefit from early sessions. Conversely, training later in your day may help avoid the temptation to skip as you will already be awake and active.
Though smart training can seem like a slower process, the benefits felt over time will be worth it!
Take Care of Yourself
When your body is working hard it’s crucial to give it the support it needs. Adequately warming up and cooling down are excellent ways to promote sustainable and consistent training sessions. Though stretching and easing into more strenuous activities can feel time consuming, developing these habits adds an indispensable layer of protection to active bodies.
Introducing diversity to your routine through cross-training can help your body recover while remaining active. For example, if you are a runner, try switching up your routine with strength training or yoga at least once a week. Changing the way you exercise helps frequently used muscles recover and strengthens those that you may not use as often.
Amid busy schedules, bustling careers, full family lives and downtime with friends those of us who enjoy active lifestyles have found time for fitness — so too, we can set aside some time for rest and well-earned recovery. It may feel counterproductive to break a streak of activity, but having a rest day helps rebuild muscles, realign mindfulness, and can give our morale a boost for the week of training ahead.
NIO’s Safe Training: Designed and Delivered
Safe training practices extend beyond pre and post workout habits. Staying in-tune with your body’s needs throughout your workout is essential to avoiding injury and achieving lasting results. Committed to building better athletes, NIO’s wearable technology and organic blend of focusing adaptogens is designed to focus your body and revolutionize your workout. Never before have the benefits of oral performance boosters been combined with a direct-contact muscle tape. Now you can constantly refocus your body during your workout without skipping a beat…or rep…or lap…or lift.
Pre-Workout (Proprietary Blend)
Panax Ginseng Root Extract
Shisandra Chinensis Fruit Extract
Methylcobalamin (Vitamin B12)
Paullinia Cupana (Guarana seed extract)
Rhodiola Rosea (root extract)
Lecithin & Isopropyl Palmitate
Huperzia Serrata Extract
This is part three of the NIO Builds series. Check back here each week to learn more about NIO’s quest to build better athletes!