How To Take Smart Exercise Breaks

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 23, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 23, 2011 at 9:42 AM UTC

Sometimes a break can make you a better runner. Photo:

One writer shares six simple tips to ward off injury.

Alison Johnson of the Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia has recently written a column about when to take a break from exercise. She notes that even the most diehard of exercise enthusiasts must build in time for smart recovery. Though most of her tips are self-evident, they are still worth reading.

“Rest is a very important part of all exercise and athletic programs,” says Hampton, Virginia-based physical therapist Tim Lawrence.

At the top of the tip list is determining the need for the right amount of recovery time. For aerobic activities such as running, 24 hours may be sufficient, but after conducting weight training and other workouts that involve heavy resistance, 48 hours may be required in order to repair muscles.

Second on the list is factoring in the impact of the body’s temperature increase during exercise. “You also may need a day off if you have abdominal unrest — vomiting and diarrhea can cause dehydration — or a cough or congestion that makes breathing more difficult,” writes Johnson.

For More: Seattle Times

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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