The weekend is the time for hiking, going to the lake, or showing up for your company’s charity sports tournament, but these high levels of activity packed into just two days can mean a stiff and sore Monday for many people. There are a number of reasons that contribute to these Weekend Warrior wounds, but one of them is that it can be harmful to treat the weekend as a “catch-up” challenge for all of the things missed during the week. Busy schedules due to work and school, and the stress that comes with those schedules, can lead to missed workouts during the weekdays. When the weekend rolls around, we often try to make up for it by cramming as much biking, running, or playing as humanly possible into Saturday and Sunday.
Playing so hard when you’re body isn’t physically prepared can lead to burn out or even injury. In order to minimize these risks, try to be consistent during the week as best as you can. Even if you don’t have a free hour to make it to the gym for a full workout, take a walk around your neighborhood for fifteen minutes or more. Do you have a pick-up basketball game this weekend? Loosen up your muscles by shooting a few hoops at home. It only requires a few minutes to keep your body loose during the weekdays and prepare it for more intense weekend activities.
For more tips on how to deal with Monday pain, check out the original article here.
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