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Rest days are a gift to my body

Monday, November 26, 2012

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Last week, after my wednesday training with a personal trainer, I noticed how weak I was during the training. We increased the intensity of my workout. I usually adapt fast, except that day I was lacking energy compare to other days.

So I reflected on what may have affected my energy level... I went for a run on tuesday morning and did not sleep enough that night. Naturally I did not have enough energy during my training the next day.

Lesson 1: sleep deeply + force myself to sleep early.

On thursday, I took a full rest day - it was a holiday at work. I read that muscles need to recuperate and heal after intense workouts. I felt a little guilty, so I moved a little: cleaned the house, went for a walk on the beach, thentook a nap.

Lesson 2: rest days are golden.

Even though I rested more than usual my weightloss was satisfying. Not too little and not too much, just within the healthy range. Rest days are a gift to my body. After this experience, I am working on spacing out my workouts so as to let my body enjoy the benefits of each training.

Just thought I would share a little lesson I learnt.

Always glad to read your views and experiences sparkers.

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    What a great reminder to all of us especially during this extremely busy time of year.
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    1762 days ago
    Great lesson to learn and excellent share. When we decide to get healthier the tendency is to go from an extreme sedimentary state to warrior, often without a lot of success and we beat ourselves up when it doesn't work. The key is balance...and rest is an important part of that balance. Too much can be as damaging as not enough. Keep up the good work! emoticon
    1762 days ago
    Hey hey hey sparkers

    I am feeling a little tired today, sunday was strength training and cardio. I was sore yesterday (monday) but went to hot yoga which completely "killed" me. Then in the morning (tuesday, today) I was not sore anymore.

    I am a little tired however. I have strength training tomorrow and I want to be top shape. So I am debating whether to rest tonight or hit hot yoga again. I think I'll rest. Anyway take a look at this article on spark:

    So relevant to my path in learning to listen to my body.
    1762 days ago
    emoticon I take one day of rest weekly!! Keep sparking!
    1763 days ago
    Oh yes praise rest days ! It was a little challenging at first to get rid of the guilt. So on those days I try to focus on the benefits it brings to my muscles, on work days: I walk to and from work and on week ends: I clean. I also pay more attention to my nutrition, I try to keep it balanced and nutritious to help with my recovery.
    Power nap also helps actually I tried that before my sunday workout and I was buzzing with energy during training.

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    Comment edited on: 11/26/2012 11:29:30 AM
    I agree with CCSDESTINY Rest days are very important. On the rest days that I may feel a little guilty I do go for a nice walk or work outside in the garden so then I am still burning some calories those days emoticon
    1763 days ago
    Thanks. I needed to hear that right - now (as I was about to skip / postpone the 'power nap' I promised myself).
    1763 days ago
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    emoticon TY for sharing the importance of rest through your experience. It is something we always tend to overlook.
    1764 days ago
    Rest days are so important! If you feel guilty, there is no reason you can take a walk on these days, active recovery is a good thing.

    And sleep...if I dont get 8 hours, I'm toast! so glad you are able to reflect and alter behaviors accordingly! That's awesome!!
    1764 days ago
    Excellent lesson - thanks for sharing! This is a good one for Secrets of Success if you haven't already posted it there.
    1764 days ago
    emoticon For sharing your experiences with all of us so we too can learn that resting is an essential part of the journey to better health. emoticon
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