How Your Motivation Level Affects Your Rest and Recovery

These last few weeks I've talked about how you should have an ideal balance of training and rest. One factor that determines how much you should train and how much you should rest is your motivation level and mindset (attitudes).

The more motivated you are, the less you need to rest and recover mentally. As a serious athlete, you still need to recover a lot physically and mentally to maintain your health and performance, but if you're highly motivated, then you don't need as much rest to "recharge your batteries," mentally. If a less motivated athlete has an intense week of training, they may need a full week to rest and focus on other priorities. In other words, they need more "rewards" (rest) to justify their training. A more motivated athlete doesn't need this much time to rest. A day or two may be enough. This is because they are goal-driven and they also like training, so after a good rest day, they are ready mentally to get back to the grind.

So you have to ask yourself, how motivated are you? How much do you value sports and training? How much do you prioritize sports? If you determine that you are very motivated and have sports as one of your main priorities, then you should be comfortable with less rest and more training. If you determine that you aren't very motivated and don't prioritize sports that much, then you should give yourself more time to rest and recover, so you don't burnout or waste time.

I've written that in general, a serious athlete should train around 30-40 hours per week. They should also spend a considerable amount of time resting and recovering. These are just general guidelines, but there are two main factors that help determine how you should more specifically balance your training and rest. The first, which I wrote about last week, is the quality of your rest and recovery. The second is your motivation level which I've just talked about. So if you have high quality rest/recovery and you are highly motivated, then you should be able to train closer to 40 hours per week, if not more. If you have low quality rest/recovery and you are not as motivated, then you should train closer to 30 hours per week, if not less.

The best advice I can give is to pay attention closely to your body and mind. If you feel intuitively that you need more rest, then take more rest. If you feel intuitively that you can train more, then train more. Find the ideal balance for you that leads to sustainable success, health, and happiness.

I hope this 4 part series on rest/recovery has helped! Next week, I will give a bonus post about this topic. There's a very interesting question about rest/recovery that I want to talk about next week.