"I had another mile in me!"
We've all been there, right? Who among us has not posthumously beaten a workout into the ground? Who here has not felt bad for skipping a workout altogether?
Yes, it's natural. But just like the cookies in the organic section with the words "all-natural" splayed all over their packaging, just because something is natural doesn't make it healthy.
|Oh Kashi TLC cookies. How I wish your being all-natural made you healthy :)|
And guys? Missing a couple of workouts or having a few bad sessions every once in a while is not going to kill you -- just like going to the gym a few times a month isn't going to get you ripped!
Rest is good for you. That's important enough that it bears repeating: rest is GOOD for you!
Your muscles don't grow during your workout. The magic all happens when you're at rest in the 24-72 hours after the workout. (Side note: if you are working abs on consecutive days, you are severely short-changing your progress!)
Here's what happens when you guilt trip yourself into doing cardio even if your body is screaming "NO!", or when you force "just one more set" until you've done 16 sets for a single bodypart in a week:
-You risk injury
-You risk overtraining
-You build a negative association with exercise, which is supposed to be a stress reliever not a source of stress, remember?
-You stall your progress
-Ultimately, you burn out
So here's to days off -- and to taking the guilt out of exercise.
And here's a totally random thought I've been having lately. Would any of you all be interested in a blogger book exchange? I have an overflowing bookcase:
And while I have tried selling my used books on eBay I'm turning a profit of like...ten cents. haha. So my thought here is -- maybe have a page on the blog listing various bloggers, their e-mail addresses & the books they have to trade? And if you see one you like, e-mail them and let them know what you have that they might be interested in, and swap? Would anyone other than me actually enjoy or use that? :)