I am SO excited to share my little space on the blogosphere today with one of my favourite bloggers, Heather from Mrs. Murphy’s Law of Fitness. Heather has quickly become my fitness guru and go-to blog for smiles…I mean how could you not feel happier just looking at her beautiful baby boy Joseph?
When my injury started to resurface a few weeks ago I reached out to Heather for some tips on how to take a break from fitness. I seem to have no problem finding the motivation to workout, but taking the time to rest my body is far more of a challenge. If you’re anything like me it’s easy to get caught up in the world of fitness and forget that rest is equally as important for you as exercise.
I had a few questions of my own for Heather and she was so helpful that I thought all of you might learn a thing or two from what she had to share. Take it away Heather!
Hey all you party people. It’s Friday! I am so glad I get to hang with you guys on one of the best days of the week. Davida must really like me.
I am Heather and I blog over at Mrs. Murphy’s Law of Fitness. I am a Certified Personal Trainer and I love a killer workout that requires me to push my body and mind to the limit. No one can deny that these workouts make you feel like a superhero, but it is crucial to take care of your body with this type of training.
I want to talk to you guys about the significance of scheduling rest into your routine.
It is important to allow a day of rest after working a certain muscle or body part.
For example, if you worked your back and biceps one day, work your legs the next day.
Full body workouts should be followed by a day of rest. It would be acceptable to work your abs and do some cardio, but your muscles need time to repair so you actually reap the benefits from all your hard work.
I like having one rest day a week because my workouts are intense and I do not want to risk overtraining. I also want to make sure my muscles have time to repair and grow.
Is it okay to take a week off from training?
Absolutely. Sometimes our bodies and brains are so worn out that a measly day of rest will not cut it. If you find yourself with a recurring injury, you can’t seem to work up enough steam for exercise, or you have hit a plateau, it might be time for a week of healing and giving your body some TLC.
A week of rest provides longevity and will help with preventing an injury.
It helps with a plateau by letting the small muscle tears that never get a chance to repair to do so, thus building that muscle and allowing new tears to be made, which means more muscle growth!
Listening to your body is CRUCIAL when training at a high intensity and it will tell you when you need that extra time off, so please be mindful.
Thanks for hanging out with me today and I hope you all have a relaxing weekend!
Isn’t she the best? I could not agree more with Heather about listening to your body. Don’t beat yourself up if you’re feeling too tired to workout. Sometimes you just gotta give yourself a break!