This is a paid for advertorial with DFS
Athletes, gym junkies and everyone who's into fitness goes through gruelling workouts to condition their body. While there are a lot of benefits to working out there is also a risk of overtraining. Relaxation and concentration are interacting mental skills in that each enhances the other which is why it's so important to relax and unwind every once in a while. Nobody understands this better than sofa kings DFS.
DFS have recently unveiled The Britannia as the centre piece of The British House - the official home of Team GB in Rio. Now they're going one step further and showing the importance of home comforts to some of Team GB's most promising young stars.
To celebrate their sponsorship of Team GB at this summer's Olympics in Rio, DFS have been working with some of our rising stars to get a look at their life away from the limelight.
Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty, cyclist Laura Trott, and gymnast Max Whitlock all gave DFS an exclusive insight into their life outside the gym for a series of videos showing the athletes relaxing at home.
21 year old Adam Peaty is already the most successful British swimmer in a single World Championships, which isn't at all bad for somebody who was scared of water until the age of 8. Still living at home with his family, Peaty's downtime is just as essential to his routine as the gruelling training schedules.
Laura Trott was one of the nation's greatest success stories at the 2012 games, winning gold twice for Britain, and as she prepares for Rio 2016, being able to relax is more important than ever. In fact, the sofa at Laura's family home holds a special place in her heart, as it's where her boyfriend popped the question.
With 35 hours of training a week, British gymnast Max Whitlock understands the need for rest too. While he wouldn't give up his rigorous schedule for the world, having a place to relax between gym sessions is as key to Max as any other athlete.
A spokesperson from DFS said: "At DFS, we know the importance of home. The value of proper rest and relaxation can be sometimes overlooked, but it has the power to make us truly great. The athletes we’ve been working with have shown us that, and we can’t wait to bring that ‘home’ feeling to Rio for all of Team GB."
This post is sponsored by DFS