I will not be working out next week, that means nothing, no walking, running, weight training etc, for one whole week. I'm doing this because my body needs a rest especially my lower back. My back was injured two weeks ago when I was working out with one of my clients. I was handing her a weight and then I felt a pull on my side near my spine. The minute it happened, I knew I was in trouble. I continued to work out almost everyday since then and yesterday, I had one of those ah ha moments and realized I probably need to take a break.
Why I exercise all of the time
I love to exercise and when I don't, I feel like something is missing from my life. I need the natural high one gets with exercise, I need my daily dose of endorphins. Don't get me wrong, I will rest one or two days a week but I never stop working out unless I am sick. So 365 days of the year, I am moving my body especially in the summer, 6 days a week. I know for some, this is something of a foreign concept and for others you get me completely. I have been feeling aches and pains all over from my heel, my plantar fasciitis acting up again, to my lower back. It finally hit me that maybe I need to take a break from my daily workout routine.
The importance of "Rest" days
Rest days are important for the body especially the muscles to repair, rebuild and to strengthen. Recovery days allows the tissues that have been broken down due to exercise to repair and for energy stores such a glycogen to be replenished. There are short term rest days and long term rest days. The short term rest days are usually a day or two after a tough workout. Long term rest days are periods of recovery implemented by those who have yearly intense workouts, such as athletes or runners.
This principle applies to anyone who never breaks from exercise, like myself. Personally, I think this should be done once or twice a year and it may even help to decrease injuries due to overtraining.
So next week, I will be putting up my hammock, breaking out the lawn chairs and renting some good movies. My endorphins will be from a little rest and relaxation. Are you an exercise-aholic? Do you ever take a vacation from your workout routine?