In a Hot Read article published on ESPN.com last week, Jason Witten said he lives two separate lives: His life during the NFL season and his life during the offseason. Witten admitted that it takes a while to adjust from the former to the latter.
"It takes a little time to adjust anytime you stop," Witten said, per ESPN.com. "You get in a routine and you're working so hard at it that, anytime you stop, it takes a little bit of an adjustment. It takes a few weeks to get back to normal and get healed up and kind of rejuvenate yourself to get ready to go again. Obviously physically, you definitely can need that time to let your body heal up. But mentally, it's just as important to decompress and let everything settle in and learn from it and move forward. It takes a little time to process so you can move forward."
The piece, which is well worth the read by the way, highlights the importance of the few months between the Super Bowl and the beginning of offseason workouts for players who have absorbed 17 weeks or more of physical trauma. This doesn’t mean no working out, but it means lighter workouts, aimed more at recuperation than anything else.
"You definitely have time, a few days here or there, to relax, decompress, but I try to stay active by working out a little bit, getting back going," Witten said. "I don't think you can just have two weeks of nothing. You don't just jump back into it by taking a few days off just resting up and getting back. Just lighter workouts, probably less straining and more cardio and get a good sweat in."
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