Do You Rest Enough?
As a society seemingly obsessed with getting in ‘better shape’, we forget a key element in protecting our bodies from total meltdown - REST.
Now if you haven’t gotten around to exercise in months and you’re already tired, then this article does not apply to you...stay tuned.
I am speaking to the physically pfffft. Those who are working their asses off, seeing no change in their physical body, but are exhausted every day and wondering WHY THE HECK AM I NOT GETTING STRONGER? Or worse, getting weaker.
I used to be like you. I spend hours every week on the treadmill thinking that was a smart way to burn calories and get ‘in shape’. I lost a ton of muscle and ended up ‘skinny fat’. Gross! (I need to find a picture...it’s weird) I thought that was what I should be doing. But I was also taxing my poor adrenal and hormonal system right into exhaustion and I felt horrible. I was even depressed. And FRUSTRATED!
So what was I doing wrong? And what about rest?
I was working my body too long, too much. I was doing the very thing that made my body think it was starving and exhausted, which was long, slow cardio. Our bodies were not designed for this! We are designed to fight or flee, or rest or play. And how long do you think it should take to fight or flee? NOT AN HOUR. I laugh as I write that.
So now I work out for 30 minutes AT THE MOST, and probably rest just as much as I work during that time. For example, I set a timer for a minute, do as many pushups as I can, rest as long as I need to, then do more, then rest, then do more. When that minute is up, I might switch to a squat for a minute, same principle. This is just an example of how to work out ‘a la fight or flee’ and man is it effective for squashing fat and getting you in SEXY HOT SHAPE!
And then the other element to rest is your sleep. If you aren’t getting enough at night, nap during the day. If you can’t nap, meditate for 20 minutes. Find a way to restore your body. The body gets stronger during REST, not during stress or exercise. We build muscle AFTER our workouts, not during. So if you are not taking the time to restore your body, it will hold on to fat, and never get stronger, and you will be tired all the time.
Remember this: your exercise should give you more than it takes away. You should feel rejuvenated, not torn apart and exhausted. And to be a whole, strong person, you need to sleep and rest ENOUGH for YOU. Make sure you take repair days. Your body needs it to get the results you want and have the life you deserve!
To your health,