How do you decide when your body needs a break? Do you wait until everything starts hurting? Do you assume one rest day a week is enough? A lot of the time people are afraid to take more time off. They are afraid that everything they have worked so hard for will be lost by not continuing to push themselves and leave it all out there. Unfortunately, injuries can develop from this, but more than that, our motivation can diminish.
For the past few days, I have been having a hard time getting excited about my workouts. The couch has seemed more appealing, and I think that’s only natural to feel this way sometimes. I am typically always excited about working out, so when I lose that motivation, I know something is up. After some thinking, I believe my body just needs a few days rest. When I haven’t been working out, I have been staying busy in other ways, and it’s no wonder my body is tired. There is a difference between feeling lazy and not working out, and just feeling exhausted in all your muscles, and needing that time off! I am planning on taking a few days off from workouts over the course of this week and next week to really let my muscles recover!
I’m not going to say taking time off is easy, because quite frankly, I don’t think it is. I think the benefits far outweigh the negatives on the exercise front, but you need to be smart about it, and not compare yourself to others. Some people can thrive on working out every day, while others can only do 3 or 4 days. Taking a few days off won’t take away our fitness abilities- in fact, it will probably help us. Our body will be ready to tackle the workouts we put them through. They will be more rested, and muscles will be repaired. I urge you to take time off if you can’t remember the last time you did!
Whew, onto some lighter things, like a new workout!
This is actually the one I taught on Saturday for my interview. It left my muscles burning, but only took about 20-25 minutes, perfect for those days you need something, but don’t have all the time in the world, aka slept past my alarm but still have time for something!
You will complete the strength portion twice, then complete the cardio 50 seconds on, 10 seconds rest, before moving on to the next circuit. If you want to make it longer, repeat the strength three times instead of two, do two rounds of the cardio portion, add jump rope between each exercise, jump on a cardio machine in between rounds, etc! Always ways to increase the challenge!
When did you last take time off from working out?
Do you think your body could use some extra time?