Training is one piece of the rest puzzle and if you are not resting enough between training sessions you will quickly over reach and eventually over train. Some people push for this and in fact strive to push through it for the adaptation you can get from it. In fact the high level athletes that use this method are usually very successful. Unfortunately, none of us are those people. We make up the 99% of recreational exercisers who have other things going on in their lives so training is not priority number one. As a result, the above training model is not ideal.
Training is simply another stress on the body and those of you that work full time jobs, have kids, drive a car and go out in the hot Texas sun can add those to your already long list of stresses as well. Its important to have a really good balance between all of these stresses and rest and relaxation can play an important role in moderating stress.
When we talk about rest, we don’t simply mean the absence of formal exercise but the deliberate act of resting. Resting means literally doing nothing physically active and if you want to get really specific, nothing that would cause you stress. Many times we see people come in the gym after taking the weekend off only to look more run down. A weekend partying or doing yard work is NOT considered Rest. Rest would be a weekend sitting at the lake, or on a beach. It is a time when you can recharge your hidden stores of social energy.
Some people gain energy from being around others, while some people recharge their energy through being alone.
Next time you feel too beat up to train, take a rest day. Even better, plan a rest day each week when you are free to relax, enjoy yourself and do NOTHING.
S&C Thursday Workout:
SL Bounds x4,
Wt Step ups x6;