There have been times in my life where I have worked out every single day, sometimes twice a day. The way I think often is that if I work out, I won’t get fat, and then people will like me. I mean, those aren’t the thoughts that are on the surface, but when I think about why I feel so guilty about skipping the gym, those are some of the root thoughts.
And what I just said there is part of the issue – “skipping the gym”. I feel most guilty when I don’t plan ahead or things come up and I don’t make it to the gym or for a run. There are days I know I won’t have much time for a workout. Actually, I’ll have all kinds of time for a workout but it’s the getting back to looking like a non-sweaty mess afterwards that I don’t have time for. These days, if I plan ahead well, I’ll work out early in the morning or PLAN to have a rest day. But there are some days where my schedule is unexpectedly busy and things come up. Those days I miss the gym and I get irritated.
But, lately I’ve really learned the value of scheduling my rest times, just like I’d schedule a long run or a 1 rep max deadlift (my favorite!) day. It started when my first coach was asking me goals for programming. I started to question why I was at the gym and what working out meant to me. It continued when I started studying for my Precision Nutrition certification and I learned how important nutrition was and if I was so worried about missing a workout, maybe something was wrong with my diet. It didn’t stop when my second coach started hammering in rest to me based on different energy systems and other big concepts I didn’t (and still don’t ) totally understand. I realized that rest would breed better workouts when I was at the gym. I also learned that planning those rest days made me feel like I was on target, not falling behind.
Yesterday I listened to a podcast by Being Boss interviewing a friend of mine who owns a gym here in Dayton. There was a lot of great information and Jason is so well spoken but also incredibly knowledgable, but one thing I took away was the value of rest. I don’t even remember what was said, but I remember gaining a deeper appreciate for resting my hard-working body.
I still don’t do an incredible job with scheduling rest days, but I have improved a lot. And my thoughts about them have become more positive. I have started to notice when I am constantly feeling exhausted no matter the amount of sleep I’ve gotten, a rest day may be just what I need.
Training Think Tank – Training Break (written by the previous owner of my gym and all around boss-lady!)