I started writing this post back in March of 2013, figured I’de finish it today. 🙂
A little late on my Recovery posts so I guess I need to catch up!
Have you ever been sore from being active? Have you worked out so hard that you may have felt like you pushed it just a little too hard during a workout or practice and ended up having to take a few days off? Have you ever ended up getting injured during a physical activity without having anyone else around you to blame it on? If you answered yes to any of these questions, chances are that you aren’t allowing your body to have the recovery that it requires to progress to that next level of physical fitness you may be trying to attain. Now I am not saying that you necessarily need to take a break from your exercise regiment, but if you are forcing yourself into periods of inactivity, then what you are doing probably isn’t working out for you the way you had intended. Recovery is the act of allowing your body to repair itself. Maybe it’s time to add some designed recovery into your fitness routine. Many of the workout programs that are available today work within the idea of “muscle confusion” so that you are not overloading a specific muscle group everyday which we all know can lead to a breakdown of the muscle tissue. And even these programs only run for 2 to 3 months at a time and then recommend that you take a couple weeks off in-between rounds so that you have time to let the muscle repair themselves. Because in reality what we are doing when we workout is micro-tearing our muscles which then need to repair themselves thus completing the desired result in building a stronger muscle. Well if you don’t allow that muscle to have some recovery and rest every once in a while you can imagine how you are setting yourself up for eventual failure. Right?
Check this out, last year when I started to write this article I was just beginning the 2013 Triathlon Season and was pushing it pretty hard. It ended up being a really good season for me and in its own right was a huge accomplishment for me coming back from where I was the prior 21 years. But despite my best intentions and performance, somewhere along the way I stopped listening to myself and around October 2013 I started to feel the pressure. I was pushing and it was starting to hurt. I felt like I was trying to pull my hamstring every time I rode or ran. My foundational alignment issues had finally caught up with me. I knew that my body was out of whack in June of 2012 but I thought that if I kept doing what I was doing that the body would just take care of itself. But, as I learned the hard way, rest and rehabilitation was always the answer.
I can’t stress to you enough how important it is to learn to listen to your body. If I had not let my ego get in the way I would be in much better shape today.