My goal lately has been five workouts a week. I’ve been doing great for the last couple weeks, until I hit this week. Monday I did 20-minutes of sprints on the treadmill, then a kettle bell workout. I used a heavier-than-normal kettle bell for my swings and, apparently, compensating somehow using my lower back, because I woke up Tuesday morning with a horrible, shooting pain in that area. I ignored it and figured I was just sore. I put myself through a workout anyway, and ended up having a lame, counterproductive gym session.
This morning when I woke up, the pain had died down a little, but I told myself I had to take the day off. Something I have struggled with over the years is giving myself a break, mentally and physically. Especially if I am sedentary all day. Lately, I have been exercising Monday-Friday, and taking rest days Saturday and Sunday. However, most of the time over the weekend I am active. I’m out and about, not thinking about how I missed a workout.
This weeks rest day was a week day, a sedentary, stare-at-the-computer-all-day, weekday. And that’s okay.
If you are an 80% active individual, your body needs that 20%. Rest days are actually just as important as active days. If you’re training your body beyond its’ ability to recover, it can be harmful. But I’m not just referring to physicality. Rest days are important for your noggin.
As a fitness enthusiast, it can be difficult to not obsess over the fact that you’re not getting any exercise this day or that day. But it’s important to keep in mind that after today or after your weekend of rest days, you will be back on track. Remember that you have control over yourself and you will get yourself back on track, so enjoy today. Enjoy your relaxation, enjoy your day off. Work hard and give each workout your all, and know when to back off.
Just a quick rant for your Wednesday evening. No questions today, but I would love to hear your thoughts below!