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:
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?