Wednesday, October 24, 2012
How many times a week do you workout? Do you schedule your rest days? I am one of those people who doesn't schedule a "rest day." I always worry about if I do schedule one and take that day off, what if something comes up on the other day that I am supposed to workout (illness, work stuff, kids' stuff, etc). So I plan some type of exercise for each day, and if something comes up (like getting called into work in the middle of the night and having to work again that next day) then I just erase that workout from my calendar. (And actually, I found out that Chalene Johnson's sister Jenelle Summers from Turbo Fire/Kick doesn't schedule rest days, either).
Today I writing down my workout that I did (I finished Insanity yesterday so I need to create a new workout plan/schedule) I noticed that it had been a while since I had actually taken a rest day. Out of curiosity, I went back and counted when the last one was. Ready for this? 29 DAYS. Now before I get a bunch of comments like "your body needs a rest day" or "it needs time to recover/repair" I will tell you that I KNOW that. I know that I need a day a week to recover. I have a crazy schedule so I don't schedule it since something usually comes up at least once every 1-2 weeks that gives me an (unplanned) rest day. I was just shocked that it had been THAT long. I was off of work for 12 days, so maybe that it is the ticket. Less work=less stress=more exercise.
Anyways, I have scheduled a rest day for tomorrow (gasp!) I work 10:30am-11pm tomorrow. By taking the morning off from my workout, I guess I will have a little more time in the morning for my Bible reading/devotions, getting a few things done around the house before work, and maybe I will even take my youngest to breakfast after my oldest gets on the bus (can't take my oldest, his bus comes at 7am and my youngest is still in bed at that time!) So as hard as it is for me (I'm sure I have some kind of psychological issue, lol) I am looking forward to the morning to see what it's like for people who "don't work out." I asked one of my friends the other day when she came over to workout, "What do people who don't workout in the morning do with their time?" I'm sure they have plenty to do, it's just that this habit is ingrained into my brain now that it's just like brushing my teeth or eating breakfast, it's just a normal part of my day. Here's to my "rest day"~
(wish I was going to the beach instead of work, though!)