Congrats to Melissa and Melody who completed Tough Mudder yesterday and earned their orange headbands!!!! I knew you guys could do it, after all those early morning 5 am classes, 11 miles in the mountains should be easy.
I am in Utah visiting family for the week and decided that my body deserved a Rest Week. Something I have not done in a while. I decided to focus instead on eating right even though I'm on the road, sleeping in, and drinking as little soda as possible. I thought since I was resting, I should re-post an older blog post about rest and recovery from 5.05.13:
Sunday Night Re-Post:
I have 572 posts on my workout blog. I have all the exercises I have done listed off to the side. The more times I've done the exercise, the larger it is written. 214 of the 572 posts are Rest Days. Some of those are unwanted Rest Days, due to life happening, but not most of them are scheduled. This shows how important to my training Rest and Recovery is.
I didn't always train like this. 6-7 days a week, sometimes twice a day, the more the better right?
To some, rest days are a welcome relief. To others those two simple words can cause many emotions - anxiety, guilt, turmoil. “I can’t take a rest day. I’ll gain weight”. “I don’t want to miss my favorite WOD.” “I don’t feel awake if I don’t work out.” “If I work out more, I’ll get better, stronger.”
This isn’t actually the case with working out: results happen while we rest. During our workouts, we create tiny tears in our muscles. When we allow the muscles to rest, the tissue is able to repair itself using proteins and their amino acids. This creates stronger muscles over time, which appear leaner, especially combined with the fat-burning process. Continuous workouts without rest will actually make us weaker- not stronger.
What Happens During Recovery?
Building recovery time into any training program is important because this is the time that the body adapts to the stress of exercise and the real training effect takes place. Recovery also allows the body to replenish energy stores and repair damaged tissues. Exercise or any other physical work causes changes in the body such as muscle tissue breakdown and the depletion of energy stores (muscle glycogen) as well as fluid loss.
Recovery time allows these stores to be replenished and allows tissue repair to occur. Without sufficient time to repair and replenish, the body will continue to breakdown from intensive exercise. Symptoms of overtraining often occur from a lack of recovery time. Signs of overtraining include a feeling of general malaise, staleness, depression, decreased sports performance and increased risk of injury, among others.
Rest days should be scheduled into a workout regime, to make sure that you’re getting at least 1-2 days of rest each week to prevent over training and allow the body to recovery and repair.
Just yesterday, Ryan hit a PR Clean and Jerk of 265#. Ryan is pretty spot on with his rest days, making sure he always gets 2 a week, on Thursday and Sunday. The has helped him perform better over a longer period of time.
One part of fitness we forget about is Longevity. The purpose of training is to make us more fit over a lifetime, not just a few short months or years. If you ignore your rest days or complete too many two a day workout days for too long, you are not recovering properly and that will surely become a detriment to your fitness.