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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.
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    SO SO TRUE!!! Thanks for sharing!
    1880 days ago
    Very true we need a rest day!
    1881 days ago
    Taking a day off is important, our bodies need to recover. I struggled with this. I finally realized that taking a day off didn't mean that I had to be completely inactive. On my "off days", I try to get more walking done, and basically just not sit around and veg out the way the old me would have!
    1882 days ago
  • KA_JUN
    Recovery definitely is important, thanks for the reminder. I understand the concern that taking recovery days could feasibly lead back to inactivity. Recovery builds and makes us grow (also lets us heal when injury is possible). On a lighter recovery day, today, myself.

    Keep up the good work! emoticon
    1882 days ago
    That is GREAT! I'm so proud of you for taking that rest day and then not letting it derail you! The more you do that, the easier it will be to take a rest day when your body really needs it. You can look back on past successes and say, "I took a day off and bounced back last time, so I can do it again."
    1882 days ago
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