Tuesday, June 3, 2014

No Workouts For One Week



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?


12 comments:

  1. I've learned the hard way to take days off or at least rotate cardio with strength. Sorry to hear about your back. That sounds awful. Hopefully a week off will help.

    p.s. I took a mini blogging break and still planning on interviewing you for my blog. Will email you next weekend - I promise.

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    1. Okay, I need to take an mini blogging break also.

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  2. Not being able to exercise drives me up the wall. I feel like if I don't workout every day, I'm missing something too. But I have learned to listen to my body. Injury is not worth it.

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  3. Oh man good for you for taking a whole week off! So difficult but so necessary for recovering from an injury. Hope you enjoy your week off and recover soon! #wowlinkup

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  4. I have a real hard time not working out more than one day a week. I actually work out more on vacation! I get pumped to run and explore new areas haha. Maybe I'm crazy? Enjoy your break :)

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    1. I do too! Going on a day without exercise I get squirmy and anxious and crave something fun and active to do. Props to you for doing it!

      Will you be at least stretching?
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  5. I still have a hard time taking rest days. I get antsy and anxious! I like to hit the gym ;) Thanks for sharing on WOW linkup!

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  6. The only break I've taken so far is the 3 weeks I was down with vertigo from Christmas Eve. I was so stir crazy and ready to work out again, trying every video I could find to work on eliminating the spinning. Now that it's summer I'm working in my garden so I get a workout there whether I do a DVD or walk.

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  7. Awww that's the WORST feeling! Good you're resting...your body had to tell you to sit yourself down :)

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  8. I think the Body has a way of warning us when we over do it - the key is listen. I hope you have good rest.

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  9. I like to exercise too and actually feel worse on the days I don't. My body feels more tired if I don't workout. However, I still take the day off because I know I need it. Enjoy this week! #wowlinkup

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  10. I keep hearing about rest days but I wonder if walking is that hard of an exercise to warrant a rest day.

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