Long time no see! How are you??
I seriously hope your week 5 has been better than mine. (I feel like I say that a lot :/) But seriously! This week I have had to spend resting and recovering. I ended up catching a virus from one of the kiddos and work and have been down for the count this whole week. It couldn’t have come at a better time. I was also trying to recover from some shin splints. Did you know they can cause stress fractures on your shins?? They would usually be something that I would try and power through but I want to do this whole staying healthy right. Plus I want to make sure that I am healthy enough to run the Glow Run at the end of this month!!
Rest and Recovery
When you are highly motivated (like myself), it is hard to know when it is best for you to take some time off to rest and recover. There’s a fine line between finding excuses and have legitimate reasons for an extended period of rest to help you recover. So how do you know the difference?
Here are a few tips to help you decide if your reason to rest is just an excuse or a legitimate reason to skip a workout.
- Your workout causes pain other than muscle fatigue. Please, consult a doctor.
- You are running a fever.
- You have any sort of swelling.
- If your sickness interfere’s with your daily routine.
Now there are probably about a million excuses out there that a ton of people fall victim to. If your reasons for not exercising are not similar to those four reasons. Chances are, it’s most likely an excuse and you should try to push through and do some sort of exercise. (Unless a doctor tells you otherwise) You may need to modify but you most likely can do something other than sit on the couch and eat.
If you are like me, figuring out what you need to push through can be difficult. Being new in my healthy journey, I am determined to not let anything stop me. You also need to listen to your body. This week I needed some rest so my body could recover from illness and from injury. Sometimes pushing yourself too hard can be counter productive and can cause you to be out even longer than you’d like. That would really prolong your fitness goals.
Need more help to decide?
One suggestion that I can give, if you aren’t exactly sure, consult your doctor. Your doctor would know what is best for you and your body and would be able to tell you when it is okay for you to push through, or when and how long you need to rest to allow your body to recover.
Also, if you have any one of the reasons to take some time rest, you may want to consult your doctor anyway.
This week I didn’t fill out my daily journals and I didn’t do any sort of workout. I plan to start back up tomorrow. My sickness was coming in the way of my daily routine and I even ended up calling in sick to work. (I never call in!!) I also didn’t eat the best. While being sick, I didn’t have enough energy to cook and my husband had late SIM’s (he’s in flight school) this whole week. We pretty much relied on him bring something home when he got finished. Something I’m not proud of but when you can barely get up to go to the bathroom, not too much you can do.
Week six for me will be an ease back into it week.
Don’t forget to let me know how your week went!
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