There comes a time when we are feeling overwhelmed, tired or just feeling ‘blah’. We feel stressed and irritable. Our bodies are telling us to slow down BUT we aren’t always listening.
Taking time off to recover your mind and your body is just as important for your health as a good workout. You cannot function effectively if you are running on empty and recovery is a vital part of maintaining good health.
Pushing your body to the limit during exercise without recovery can set you up for injury which will put you even further behind.Make time to Rest, Recover and RefreshClick To Tweet
Why Physical Recovery is important
Starting a new fitness program can be exciting and challenging. You feel inspired to start training and in some cases perhaps you are training for an event.
Whilst Exercise and keeping fit is important to our health and well being, we must also learn to listen to our bodies and include recovery days into our program.
Recovery days don’t necessarily mean that you don’t exercise. Recovery is what is says, helping your body to recover from the stress you have put it under whilst exercising.
I’m someone who doesn’t like to stop but I am slowly learning to listen and obey my body’s requests. Including recovery time can be frustrating sometimes, especially if you enjoy exercising and have a particular goal you are working towards. You feel like it is a step back and you won’t achieve your goal. However, if you don’t include recovery days you probably won’t achieve your goals.
If your body is sending you messages that it is tired or has niggling injury, you should take a rest day and recover – even if you had scheduled a training day.The Truth is that if you don't have recovery days, you probably won't achieve your goals Click To TweetClick To Tweet
Why we need a Mental Health Day
We all become mentally fatigued and if you are feeling low or stressed and feel the need to ‘step out of the world’ for one day – do it and don’t feel guilty! I actually like to call these days my ‘Me Time’ days.
- Watch a movie
- read a book
- listen to music
- go for a walk
- have a coffee with a friend
- catch up on sleep.
It doesn’t matter what you do as long as it is something that will nurture you and make you feel relaxed and happy in the moment.
The importance of having time alone
I written many times about the importance of ‘me time’. Taking time out to do something for YOU that will nurture, relax and reflect. We also need solitude, time on our own, however some people confuse solitude with being lonely. They are two completely different things.
It is so important to try to cut out the noise of our daily lives and concentrate on our inner self. Meditating or having quiet time each morning will help to start the day with inner peace and a sense of calm.
Regularly doing something just for you is not selfish the benefits are enormous not just for you but for your family and friends. Time out will invigorate your mind, body and soul and you will soon feel happier and with a ‘spring in your step’.Do something for you. Take some 'ME' time and Nurture yourselfClick To Tweet
Try this exercise
Schedule some time this week to take a day for yourself and indulge. Write it in your calendar and plan the day. You will feel so much better for it.
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