Rest + Rejuvenate January

The gyms may be hopping currently, especially seeing how it’s the first week of January and New Year’s Resolutions have not yet lost their luster. Maybe you found your lighter and are ready to light that little fire under your ass and getting ready to take on a new workout regime. Maybe you’re feeling more positive about sticking to that diet of yours like never before. Perhaps you’re breaking in those new workout shoes with a vengeance.

Me? I’m taking a whole new approach to my January. For one, I don’t necessairly do New Year’s resolutions in the typical sense; and even if I did, that wouldn’t be happening for me anytime soon because I’m a jackass and I finally have pushed my body to it’s limit. It’s also pretty lame to admit just how long I have been facing this issue. Almost a year now, but it has been in the forefront of my mind for the last 6-7 months when I realized what I was doing to myself.

It started at the beginning of last week when I woke up with a killer pain in my lower back. Not just an ache, but a straight up pain. I couldn’t work out in any form or fashion, I could barely bend at the waist and sitting on the toilet was even an issue – that’s how bad it was the first few days. I believe the culprit is that my hamstrings are so tight that they are pulling on my back. This is my own fault just because I’ve pushed myself so hard for so long.

And yes, I stretch, I stretch all the time. This isn’t something that’s happened to me overnight, it’s something I’ve inadvertently let happen over the last few years of my transformation. So instead of a January of busting my ass, I’m aiming my January as a time for healing – and I’m serious this damn time. I’m calling it:

oh yeah crap gets real when I make a graphic for something ;)

There was that last time I packed my Polar heart rate monitor away, and I’ve done the same for this month. But it’s not just for the week like last time. It’s for as long as I feel its necessary. I’m also cutting out any major strength training, which is sad because I love lifting weights, but I’m burnt out an injured. So for me this month it will be light cardio (on days I feel well enough to manage it), yoga, stretching, and rest days. Ahem, even more than one rest day in a week if I feel its what I need.

I’m also hoping the physical down time can prioritize, reorganize, and just reflect on some stuff altogether. This is still a journey for me, and it always will be!

How’s your week looking? How many rest days to you generally take off from exercising?

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7 Responses to Rest + Rejuvenate January

  1. Haha that cat pic… Love it. So funny. I usually take 2-3 rest days. I typically only workout 3-4 times a week but do it with intesity. I’m starting a new program next week though that requires 5-6 days a week of workouts so that’s gonna change.

    Chill down time is very important – so I’m glad you’ll be taking the time to reflect. Hope your back feels better.

  2. I am so glad you are taking this time – the hardest part about getting fit & healthy or one of the hardest parts is understanding that you need rest too & you will not get fat again from rest days – HUGE HUGS!! I am so glad you are listening to the bod finally! :)

    I did this when I was young – not injure but worked out too many days. I tale 2 full days off per week. :)

    • Amanda says:

      Totally Jody! I don’t know if that’s what part of my problem is. Do I really think I’m going to GAIN it all back if I take some days off?! It’s silly when I say (or type it out) ya know?

      And thank you for the support! :)

  3. Dana says:

    I love that cat pic – my cat used to find the smallest box to fit his well-endowed butt in.

    I think it is great that you are acknowledging and taking this time to rest. Your body will thank you for it!

  4. Good for you! I love when people go against the grain like that. More people should set goals throughout the year and by listening to their bodies.

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