A Must DO!
The best lesson I have learned in the last year is to take the time to rest and recover! I feel better when I give myself a day or two between exercise workouts. I feel better when I give myself a break with food and just treat myself. My mantra lately is to NURTURE and NOURISH myself, my needs and my whole being!
I use to push the rest and recovery process and not allow it to happen naturally! I am discovering that my body will take care of itself if I give it the time to do so. The muscles, joints and bones can repair, rebuild and strengthen. The biggest benefit I get from a good workout is a great night of sleep!
I did not give my body the recovery it needed at times, so I ended up with repetitive motion injuries as well as overworking certain areas throughout the week! Especially when you add in weights to your workout. Recovery and rest makes a difference as well as not working the same muscle groups two days in a row. A muscle needs at least 24 to 48 hours to repair and rebuild. The muscle needs time to strengthen and not weaken and risk injury.
During a good workout the body is breaking down muscle tissue and depleting energy! So rest and refueling the body is so important after a good workout. Do not forget to HYDRATE too! I hydrate before, during and after a good workout.
I find a warm up, a cool down and stretching beneficial before, during and after a good workout, especially to avoid any injuries! Stretching helps with the strain on the joints, muscles and tendons as well as improves flexibility. I love a calf cramp at 2 am in the morning, NOT! The muscles are already in a strained mode after a workout, so stretch slow and easy and do not hold the stretch for too long either. Remember to breathe too!
DO What Is FUN!
I enjoy what I do for myself because it makes me happy and gives me pleasure! I know for me when it is no longer fun that I have to switch it up and make some much needed adjustments. What makes me FEEL GOOD? It is certainly not about what I am giving up, but what I am gaining!
I think of that movie Risky Business and the scene of dancing around the house! It gets the heart rate up, the sweat on and there is an element of fun, laughter and silliness. Just get your groove on and move!
My Top 5 R&R
- Refueling by eating properly.
- Replenishing fluids through hydration.
- Getting my 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night.
- Getting my stretch on.
- Finding the right amount of activity for me and my body throughout the week.