Give yourself permission to take rest days
Thursday, February 28, 2013
I know I've written about struggling with taking rest days as recently as this week. I received great advice from my fellow Spark members about active rest days etc. Yesterday, I woke up and got dressed in my workout clothes but just really didn't have the energy to even make it downstairs. I had gotten about 7.5 hours of sleep so I knew the fatigue wasn't from lack of sleep. It was my body telling me it needed a break. I've been working out 6 days per week for the last 8 weeks for at least an hour each day. On Saturdays, I try to do 2 hours.
See, I've been inactive for so long that I am afraid that if I stop moving even for one day I will fall back into old patterns. In the past, my workouts have come to a screeching halt by taking one day off which becomes two, then three and so on. This morning I awake revived and refreshed but the old thoughts crept in, "yesterday was so good, take another day off today". However, I am determined that this time is different so I sprang out of bed, got dressed and went downstairs for my date with one Miss Jillian Michaels. I felt great after the workout and my spirits are buoyed by the fact that the scale reflect a good drop this morning. As I got out of bed I said to myself, a few weeks ago you had to roll out of bed, today, you sprang. That is your motivation to keep going.
This is my way of saying to you but mostly to myself, it's okay to take a day off. It doesn't mean the exercise streak is ending, Just get back to it tomorrow and you will be fine. It's not just milk that does a body good, rest does a body good as well.