Thursday, January 31, 2013

Rest

Since starting CrossFit back in May I have learned so much about myself and how much I can push myself through certain exercises. But I have also learned how much rest is important to perform at the best of your ability. I would have been the first person to tell you that CrossFit wasn't for me before I gave it a shot, but once you get into working out everyday with certain people, you realize that things can get addicting. The workouts the movements, and sometimes when something becomes a routine, it is hard to stop and just take a break, that is probably the most important thing there is when it comes to working out.

When starting CrossFit, I was immediately put on a 5-day a week workout plan: Monday-Wednesday, Friday-Saturday, with rest days on Thursdays and Sundays. I followed that routine pretty strict until I started running on a weekly basis, and while I wouldn't run a lot during the week, I found myself doing some sort of exercise and cardio work on my rest days. I started running a couple times a week in October and continued for a couple months into December until I realized that I needed to rest my body even though I still had the urge to go do something. When you start getting into the routine of working out daily and your rest day comes around, you feel like you need to get out and do something, instead of just sitting around the house watching TV and being lazy. Sometimes you need those days to recharge your internal battery and get your energy ready for the next day.

Since then I have switched to working out 6 days a week, with my only rest day occurring Thursdays. As some of you know, I am training for a half marathon and running has become a part of my weekly routine. CrossFit the other days during the week and then I go for a run on Sunday afternoons. I find for me that resting on Thursday, doing absolutely nothing on that day, is the only way I can fully recover from the previous workouts throughout the week. I get to sleep in, and relax enjoy the day Thursday instead of worrying about having to get some sort of workout in throughout the day. I feel as if I can be as lazy as I want but still feel recovered and ready to go Friday and the workouts that follow.

Resting is all about personal preference, it is essential that you rest throughout the week, whether you take three days off throughout the week or you take just one day off. Rest is one of the most important things that you need in order to function throughout your workouts and through life in general. Whether you do CrossFit, or you just go to your local gym and workout, take a day to just relax and do nothing, you may hate it while you are just sitting around, but I promise it will benefit you in the long run.

-@RobbieVogler

1 comment:

  1. Hello,

    I have a question about your blog, could you please email me? Thanks!!

    Melanie

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