As athletes and fitness enthusiasts exercise is our daily constant. It is something we depend on getting to do everyday. For some of us we feel as though we couldn’t function a day without it. However as much as our bodies need exercise, we also need rest. For the last two weeks in June that’s exactly what I did, I rested. Now, when I say rest I don’t mean I sat on my butt watching television and eating junk food. I am talking about active rest. I still went for walks everyday with the dog, hikes on the weekends and I’d still do some core exercises and stretching. I basically took a break from my strenuous organized fitness routine. I knew I needed rest because my body felt tired and fatigued. I also started to feel as though my workout was a chore I needed to do that day and I never really feel that way. These were my clues that I needed to take a rest.
Taking rest periods are not only important for recovery but it also help us to keep from getting burnt out with exercise. As a trainer, I stress to my clients how important rest is. When people have a weight loss or fitness goal they often have the misconception that more is always better, I know from personal experience that this is not the case. Doing too much all the time can make us susceptible to injury and fatigue. For me a rest period can be a couple of days or a couple of weeks never longer than that. I let my body be my guide. Usually after a good rest period, I am anxious to get back to my workouts. I feel refreshed, strong and ready to go. If you are feeling tired and burnt out, examine your routine because it may be your body telling you, “sometimes you just have to rest”.
Fitmark Ambassador 2014