Just as much as your body needs to the get the blood pumping and muscles warm and active...it also needs a Time out.
It's that time of tranquility when the body, mind and soul recovers and restores its cells.
After many weeks of intense cardio training for the 94.7 Cycle Challenge, today is one of those days that I have made a point of doing no form of exercise what so ever!
I wont lie I am so used to being active that the thought has crossed my mind to go to gym and do a few laps in the pool or some circuit training. But After cycling over 100 Kilometers yesterday it is time to make sure my body has well over 24 hours of pure rest.
The Body repairs and strengthens itself in the time you give it in between workouts. Continuous training can actually weaken a strong athletic or fit body. Rest days provide Physical and Psychological benefits to your well-being.
Physically your muscles can rest, repair, rebuild and strengthen exactly where needed. You need the rest time to replenish energy stores and allow for your body to repair damaged tissues.
It gives you time out to meditate on your achievements, enjoy family time and most importantly "ME" time...many of us don’t get to do that and it is important to make that time for yourself.
Without sufficient time to repair the body will continue to breakdown from intensive exercise.
Another major focus of recovery has to do with replenishment. What you put in your body within 30minutes to an hour after excessive training or exercise is very important and has a large impact on how fast you recover and restore your fluids lost and optimizing protein synthesis (The process of increasing the protein content of the muscles, preventing muscle breakdown).
The best and easiest way is to get a good recovery shake. During my training towards the Momentum 94.7 Cycle challenge I've been using Rapid recovery from Evox and it does just that...gives you RAPID RECOVERY! I definitely recommend this product. Drink plenty of water and try staying clear of alcohol and cigarettes.
I just don't get how someone can light up a cigarette after an exercise workout.
So if you've been training hard, go give yourself a break.... replenish your body, mind and soul...
I'll be having a bubble bath by candle light tonight and then cuddling up to my husband ;-)))
Enjoy your Zen moment too.
PS I’ll be Blog posting my Blog post on the actual Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge tomorrow!