Yesterday, I did something that I have not done in a tad bit too long…REST. Being a personal trainer and health coach I know how important it is to take days off from training but have you ever heard the phrase that Doctors make the worst patients? I guess that holds true for me (and probably most PT’s) because I hate rest days and try to avoid them like the plague.
Unfortunately on Saturday, I noticed a twinge of pain in my right ankle (which I broke last year) and also my hamstrings have been super tight so I listened to my body and the Universe…check out what popped up on MFP newsfeed haha
I am not going to lie…it sucked. The whole day I kept thinking “well I can do a short circuit, or maybe spin for a little bit” but I knew that I needed this time off so that this week I can go full force. Instead I blasted some music and enjoyed a nice long yoga practice. Aaaand I finally mastered something that I’ve been trying to accomplish for a year! A headstand without a wall AND I was able to use my core to lift myself up, instead of kicking my feet up.
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You may be wondering why active rest (recovery) days are so important and that is because we need it for muscle recovery When we are lifting weights; we are tearing our muscle fibers and rest is essential to rebuild them and make those babies GROW! Some ways to notice you are overtraining are: getting sick often, lethargic, insomnia, plateaus, loss of strength, not making progress, and God forbid…INJURY.
So make sure when you are planning your workouts for the week…devote one day for rest or active rest which can include doing some Yoga or enjoying this beautiful weather and going for a walk.Have an awesome week my loves and do something that you have always wanted to do! We are capable of so much when we allow ourselves to push pass the fear.