Earning Your Rest Day

Earning Your Rest Day

Oct 21, 2014

Hey guys..

First, I’m sorry for slacking on my blog posts.  I started school August 25th and have been SUPER busy!!  We just started clinical time and I am there from 7a-3p, then work 3:30p-7p every day.  I get up around 4:30am to get my workout in before all of this craziness.

Anyway, enough of my excuses.  Today I wanted to address something that I feel very strongly about: Earning Your Rest Day.  The other morning while working out, this dawned on me.

Here’s what I mean by this.  I have 2 rest days, Thursday and Sunday.  I just started doing it this way (previously it was just Sunday) but I really like it because I don’t “lose steam” by day 5 or 6 of a workout split.  It allows me to push really hard Monday through Wednesday, get a break on Thursday, and then push it again Friday and Saturday.  But I don’t just push hard in my workouts, I enjoy pushing my workouts to where all I want to do at the end of it is lay on the floor and catch my breath.  Now, I understand that not all workouts are formulated to be that way – and that’s fine – I just prefer to feel as though I have gone all out and given 100% – Every. Damn. Day.  This comes from a passion that originates in my heart.

Earning your rest day starts with the heart.  Your heart and your passion has to be focused on your goals and not settling until you get there.  This means lifting hard, lifting with great form, maybe even lifting until complete exhaustion – but it has to have passion behind it or you’ll never earn that rest.  Maybe this means adding in some cardio days to reach those goals (that’s what I’ve been doing).  I don’t like running necessarily, but I do it because I know it will help me reach my goals and I’m determined to earn my rest.

You continue to earn it with commitment.  So it’s great if you can get up and do this on Monday, and maybe even Tuesday.. but how are Wednesday-Friday treating you?  Do you notice yourself coming up with excuses toward the end of the weeks or on the weekends?  How about working out on the weekends?  That isn’t commitment.  And I’m not saying you won’t have rough days or weeks, it happens – but look at your history.  Does it seem to happen week after week?  Then it is a problem.

Lastly, my favorite way to measure if I earned my rest day is while I’m relaxing on those days.  Self reflection is a great way to figure out if you earned it or not.  Be honest with yourself.  Did you go as hard as you could?  Did you end your workouts the last few days with something left in the tank or were you laying on the floor in a pile of your own sweat?  We’ve all been there and we all know the feeling of knowing we could have pushed harder or lifted more.  Remind yourself of what that feels like – and avoid the hell out of it!

Push Hard. Leave it all in the gym.  Earn your rest day.

On a side note – here’s a progress pic.

xoxo

-A

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