I’ll be the first to admit: I need to be more gentle with my body.
This thing that takes me from place to place, child to child, morning to night without very many complaints. I might have the occasional cold or sore muscle, but for the most part I’ve been very blessed with health and vitality. I know that a lot of that has to do with the (mostly) healthy foods I put in and my consistency with exercise.
I’ve told you before – I have a tendency towards overtraining. While I’ve gotten SO much better in this area, I still feel that desire to go run, jump and burpee my way through life, even when I probably shouldn’t. Ask me to workout with you and I’ll say yes – 100% of the time. It’s something I love doing. Sweating is my antidepressant, my quick fix, my drug of choice. In a society that’s tending towards INactivity, I usually don’t see this passion as a bad thing. It’s a good habit. It’s healthy.
…Until it isn’t.
We’re not to that place yet, thankfully. I honestly don’t have time to overexercise these days but three (even two) years ago, I was in a place where I was exercising 2-3 hours a day. That’s too much. Or maybe that was too much for my body – I know that some professional athletes train that long and it probably works for them. It was too much for me and I’d venture to guess too much for the average person. I’ve read enough professionally to know that overtraining can be just as detrimental as undertraining.
These days I have time for about one hour and then I’m done. Yesterday my body ached for a rest day, even though I’d taken one the day before. I know it’s because I overtrained a bit last week. I could have pushed through and tried to workout, but I’m getting a little wiser (I know!!!!) so I rested. We stayed in our pjs all day long, I took a nap…I sat on my butt for most of the day. My body needed that time to repair itself.
All this to say, I’m patting myself on the back for listening. For being still. For putting words into action. REST. REST. REST!!
And that I’ll be on the track this morning, sprinting and jumping, if anyone wants to join. I’ll be the one looking all refreshed and stuff.
For more on overexercising:
QUESTION: Do you overtrain? Love exercise? Hate it? When was your last true rest day?