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Day Off or Not?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Many people, including myself, fall prey to overload. Crushing our body day in and day out with rigorous exercise. I tend to tell myself that if I do more, more often, I will get quicker results. In my experience, and yes I continuously have to keep reminding myself, this couldn't be farther from the truth. Over the years I have been taught and have learned the absolute necessity for simply taking a break.

During the process of breaking ones body down, I forget, sometimes, that my body needs to repair itself. If I continue to blast my body every single day I just keep pounding my nervous system and eventually my body hits the ol' brick wall and no matter how much will I have, it just stops.

My nervous system needs time to regenerate and refocus. Time to stimulate the production of hormones and nutrients to repair tissue. The rest periods stimulate the anabolic process for the body to grow stronger.

Rest days for me are equally as important as my workout days. During my rest days I even have a workout plan to help my body relax and recover so as to unwind and stimulate the para-sympathetic branch of my nervous system.

Walk. I simply walk, not power walk, not walking with dumbbells, just, walk. Allowing my mind to drift and meditate on life. No stress, no thinking just allowing my mind to de-stress.

Deep breathing, opening up the chest to encourage thoracic extension and breaking up all of the neurotic holding patterns within extra respiratory muscles from head to toe.

Using a rolling pin to roll out or massage all of the muscles of the body to break up tension reducing stress. Trust me, I look stupid when I do this but it's funny az so I my kids get a good laugh too. All positive.

And finally a deep stretch and limber up session.

Together this entire workout takes me about one and a half hours to complete as I completely give in to every moment.

I invite everyone to take a day or two every week to unwind. Learn to breathe deep into your pelvic floor. Massage your body or, if you're lucky, ask your loved one to do it for you, although i prefer the rolling pin lol. And walk.

I have found my results are quicker the more time I allow my body to properly unwind. And by properly I don't mean just laying around doing nothing at all because that only makes my body feel worse. Sitting down on a couch only creates more tension in my muscles by encouraging tightness my the hip flexors, bad posture and lack of blood flow.

No, I encourage you to workout when you're not working out.

My experience only. We all are different. But perhaps something to consider.

God bless, much love, kia kaha!

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    This is very good advice, and meshes perfectly with what I've read in my research on exercise etc.

    Many of the contraptions they sell as 'massagers' look a lot like rolling pins, so I think you've got a great idea here. Hmm...

    Thanks for the tips! :)
    2878 days ago
    LoL, but sadly, yes. My wife and I share a normal relationship with it's ups and downs and there are those moments of indiscretion where my behaviour is less than acceptable. I'm sure I don't have to tell you some of the typical things us husbands do that make us neanderthal at best, hehe. But the good thing is now, when she takes up that rolling pin in her hand (or baseball bat, wooden spoon, vacuum cleaner, ect...lmao) I definitely know it's time to shut up and start grovelling, rofl. emoticon
    2882 days ago
    I needed the talk on rest. I think today should be more of a rest day. I did way to many squats yesterday, not to mention garden work. I am sore today. Maybe I will take that walk down to the pond that I was going to do a couple of days ago, but it started raining again.

    Now about that rolling pin. You wouldn't do anything that would warrant your wife taking after you will a rolling pin, would ya? LOL
    2883 days ago
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    Loved this blog - it's a great reminder to us all ! Thanks! emoticon
    2883 days ago
    LMAO! That's why I keep it in a safe place out of my wifes reach. emoticon
    2883 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/16/2013 5:03:35 AM
    The only think I had thought about using a rolling pin for, other than it's purpose of rolling out pastry, etc., was to clout my husband over the noodle with it when he p'd me off - LOL!

    Great Blog :-)

    Kris xx
    2883 days ago
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