Friday, January 27, 2012
One of the emails I received from SP today contained a link to this article: No Pain = Big Gain www.sparkpeople.com/reso
I appreciate such reminders. Though I've been following along with the P90X program, which incorporates many of the principles of this article, I have found that MENTALLY (if not physically) I need extra days of rest than provided by the schedule. For those of you who haven't looked into this program, it is an intense schedule of lifting, cardio and yoga 6 days per week. Every four weeks, there is no lifting and more stretching/yoga.
My original intent when I started P90X was to go at my own pace, to work out maybe 4 times per week. As usual when I start something new, however, I was excited to "push play" every day. I joined a team here on SP and one on the Beach Body forums, started posting daily, and contacted an active coach to keep me accountable. My husband frequently reminded me to take rest days and that it was OK to take extra days if I was sore, or tired, or just didn't feel like working out that day. Some days I worked out anyway and I must admit that I never regretted doing so. Some days I rested and I often DID feel guilty about it, especially if I did it two days in a row... like this week.
I am hereby officially declaring that I will finish P90X on my OWN schedule. I realize that I may be sacrificing some gains by doing so... but honestly, I doubt it. I believe that this is just going to postpone them a bit. No, I won't finish the program in 90 days. I WILL finish it, it will just take me a little longer than that. And that's okay with me. It just might help keep me sane... ok, closer to it than not. ;)
Do you take rest days?