Rest days are important for fitness – here’s why, according to science

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In 2017, world famous distance runner, Ron Hill, ended his record of 52 years and 39 days of consecutive running by taking a day’s rest after feeling unwell during one of his runs.

Hill writes in his autobiography that he ran at least one mile a day, and tasked himself with training 13 times per week. His training was conducted without a coach, and was done on a trial and error basis.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2020

Bibliographical note

Derek Ball receives funding from the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, The Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and the Chief Scientists Office.


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