I’ve picked up an injury. Well of sorts, I think its more over use as I have been doing a lot more running / cardio classes with gyms closed and my knee (which isn’t without issue at the best of time) and hip are feeling it.
Here’s the weird thing though. I can rest.
Do I want to rest? No. I’ve not trained since Tuesday and I’m itching, training is as mcuh something I do for my mental health as physical health.
But because I am not teaching I can rest. Under normal circumstances resting for me would be only teaching classes which would still equate to around nine hours exercise a week. Looking at it you can see why instructors struggle to get rid of persistent niggles!
There have been many negatives about gyms being closed but the one positive it has bought me is the importance of rest, and not my weird instructor concept of rest but actual proper recovery, the sort I would advise others take.
This is something I want to take with me when I’m back to training in gyms when they reopen. I’m curious if anyone else has learnt anything fitness wise they want to remember?
Today I am sticking to one of my 2020 goals and doing nothing.
It may sound odd to say that but at the start of the year I had a Saturday when my classes hadn’t started back yet and my plans were cancelled last minute so I had a random day off with nothing planned. As in I didn’t need to set an alarm, get out of my pajamas unless I actually wanted to, where I could sit and watch TV aimlessly all day. I realised I needed it. I have a lot of roles and as such am on the go a lot, I start early and finish late most days. I look after myself and generally feel fine for the business – but taking a day off made me realise how beneficial that rest was. I made a commitment at that point to take one full day off a month, to guard that day with my life against anything.
I’ve had a stupidly busy January, to the point where the last week or so I’ve felt exhausted and actually achy and crap. My February is even busier, I’ve lots of exciting things coming up but that also means it will be non stop. I need today.
Goals can be personal to you and won’t always be what people expect. Going hard is good but knowing when to take a pit stop is equally as important.