Back in the day I was so guilty of this. I NEVER took a rest day. I always had to spend at least 30-45 minutes in the gym. I thought that if I took time
off, my results would go away! When I traveled I’d scour the Internet to find a place to workout. I was a tad obsessive. I was constantly worrying about the hours of missed workouts and it literally sucked all the fun of being in new surroundings.
Iâ€™m here to tell you that take rest could just be what your body needs. This is because if youâ€™ve been training on a consistent basis, taking some time off from intense workouts can be quite beneficial to your overall fitness and well-being.
One of the worst fears of fitness enthusiasts is that missing several workouts in a row will lead to significant muscle loss or an increase in body fat. Despite know that this wasnâ€™t possible I was stuck in the mindset for years. Sure there may be some fitness related loses, but they do not happen overnight, nor do they happen in 2-3 days. Research proves that it takes up to 3 weeks of complete inactivity for the first signs of muscle loss. Now this means you arenâ€™t doing anything thing straight up bed ridden! If are pretty fit it will longer it will take to go completely out of shape.
Rest does a body good. Iâ€™m hear to tell you that regular â€œbeast modeâ€ workouts r will take a toll on the body. I know youâ€™ll say to me that Iâ€™ve always worked out like that and it has never effective me before. I wasn’t a rest day person and I killed my metabolism and my adrenals.
When I was first told to chill and not lift more than 2x/week and do leisure walking I was pissed and frustrated, but it was what my body needed to recover and increase my bodyâ€™s energy levels.
Now rest and restoration is a primary focus â€“ I need to at least 2 days where I do nothing but rest. I may go for a nice long walk around the Charles but Iâ€™m in complete chill mode. I do lift but my workout last no more than 30 minutes and combine strength and cardio.
This winter I traveled for 30 days. During that time I worked out Iâ€™d say about 2 times a week. During that time I walked a shit ton. I only put 2 pounds!!! During this time, I didnâ€™t â€œdietâ€ I focused solely on eating mindfully and working out when I had the opportunity. Each hotel didn’t have a place to workout and if it did I went for a long walk. I started each day with a good breakfast with fruits and proteins.
Without being stressed out about getting in my workout I was able to truly relax and enjoy this trip of a lifetime.
In September I will be kicking off a 6 week body reboot program. During the program we’ll focus on helping you to learn:
- Create a workout plan the works for you
- Learn what foods work for your body
- Take the struggle of out developing the consistency habit.
If this sounds like something you’d like to be apart of, click here to get on the waiting list.