It’s early. I’m up. I’m always up early. I like my “coffee time and reading” before the day starts. But this week I’m liking it even more. It’s rest week. Not day, week. Actually 2 weeks for the Kiwi. That means there is less rush in the morning. That means I only teach one class at the gym. That means there’s more time to walk the dog and maybe sneak in a gentle yoga class. Although I really wouldn’t mind a little beach bum action, haha. I wish!
But here’s the thing I have come to realize.
I needed a rest week just as much my pro athlete husband. And let me emphasize on the word WEEK! Not just a day off. MORE.
Oh how that scares so many of us. The fear of resting.
But it’s needed. Think about it. How much time and energy do you put into your training? How much time and energy do you put into your work, your projects, your BIG DREAMS?
For me (us), it’s a lot.
Last week it caught up to me physically, and yesterday it caught up to me emotionally. DRAINED.
Resting is needed. For one, to avoid Adrenal fatigue. To reduce oxidative stress. To help keep the gut healing (which I am ALWAYS working on).
But it’s also NEEDED mentally.
Resting for the Week (or more) allows the body to reset. And the kiwi always talks about how this rest period helps heal the neurological damage done after intense training/racing. I see that. I agree. Although it took me a long time to realize that.
So what’s the point of this post? I’d say it’s about being BOLD and giving yourself a break, a real break.
Yes, I am passionate about fitness. Yes I blog about workouts and burpees challenges. Yes I am married to an endurance athlete.
But listen. REST is the most underrated exercise. Let’s not forget to practice that. And I mean more than just once a week.
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First race of the season was last Sunday. The Kiwi took in 3rd place overall. More to work on, but we’re happy for a podium!
Closing comments today. Will be back tomorrow with a recipe, I hope! For now, embrace the REST of the day.