|Who could resist?!|
It matters because they are rarely interspersed with another idea, which is vital: for 'real' athletes (not these superhero ones that fit the memes), rest is vital. I'm going to say that again and make it clearer:
REST IS VITAL!
For disabled athletes, it's even more so. Your body does most of its adaptation (i.e. getting fitter) after you have finished training, whilst you are resting. If you don't rest, you don't get full advantage from your training. Equally, if you don't rest, you will burn out like a sparkler and you won't be able to do good training sessions anyway. Being told that you should always be training, your competitors are always training, that there's no excuse for sitting around, that the only way to get better at something is to keep doing it - all of these things can be true BUT only to an extent. Without rest, it's pointless.
|Rosie with my eyemask!|
Allowing yourself to rest is difficult. I find it really difficult but I'm getting better at it through necessity. Therefore, I'm also going to put some other things in my notebook; things you won't find all that many people saying. They're going to be things that remind me of the need to rest, not just for my immediate wellbeing and my mental health, but for my long term fitness goals. They're going to reassure me that good training must be balanced by good rest. They will be a reminder that I mustn't push my body further than necessary.