It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that your body needs rest. I’m not talking the 7-8 hours of sleep you (presumably) get each night, I’m talking true Recovery time—you know—so those muscle tissues can regenerate and rebuild after a tough week of work outs.
I know for some of us that once you get the momentum going, it’s hard to justify a day off to ourselves. However, we must, because physiologically, recovery is a requirement to continued improvement in body composition and performance. THAT my friends, is the B.S. in Exercise Science and Physiology talkin’.
Yeah, that sounds all science-y and stuff, but let’s get real and face facts for a minute.Most of us are at the mercy of punishing schedules, right? Quite a few of us (ahem!) are also over-achieving type A ‘s with children (myself included).
Well, I am here to tell you, and yes, I mean you, that recovery is required for our psychological well-being too. And Pardon me for saying so, but you need it. Now, I KNOW you know why and you know what I’m talkin’ ‘bout.
Thing is, recovery doesn’t have to be sedentary. You could make it a two-hour hike or trying that new restorative yoga class. It could also be a trip with the kids to the pool or a spin around the neighborhood on the family bikes. There are so many options here!
Get creative with it! I have faith in you!! Just give your muscles and your mind a break! Do something different, ie., FUN, ok? Your body will thank you.
Written by: Krystynna Gillespie who has a B.S. in Exercise Science & Kinesiology, and A.A. in Health Promotion, B.A. in Modern Languages-Spanish, as well as training certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine and American Council On Exercise. ‘Like’ on facebook for Fitness, Health, and Athleticism support.