How to Train After a Triathlon

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Your training shouldn't finish when your triathlon does. Find out how to train after a triathlon with help from a health and wellness expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin, health and wellness expert with NinaCheriePHD.com, and I'm here at the H-F Racket and Fitness Club in Homewood, Illinois. In this clip I'm going to show you how to train after a triathalon. After completing a triathalon the personal satisfaction that most people feel makes them want to jump right back into a training program again. While completing a triathalon is a huge personal accomplishment it's important to take care of your body in the weeks that follow in order to ensure that you remain in good shape and that you're able to potentially compete again. One to two weeks after completing your triathalon you really want to refrain from running as well as cycling and swimming in very high intensities in order to allow your body to rest, recover, and fully heal. In order to maintain your cardiovascular fitness it's important to engage in more of an active recovery as opposed to doing nothing at all. You can have an active recovery by doing such things as leisure walking, or cycling at leisure speeds. You can also participate in Yoga or Pilates classes. This is also a good time to engage in some light resistance training using dumbbells or rubber tubing or even your own body weight. You can resume your normal exercise habits a couple of weeks after completing your triathalon. It's important to listen to your body during this time. If you do not feel up to running, cycling, or swimming at high intensities this is a good time to engage in more of a cross training type of workout. You can perform elliptical training, stair climbing, or even incline treadmill walking. A few weeks after completing your triathalon you can actually start your normal routine of running, cycling, and swimming again possibly even train for your next triathalon, and that's how to train after a triathalon. This Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin, thank you for watching.

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