As much as you may hear people talking about taking “no days off” from the gym, I disagree!! Today I needed to take a mental and physical day off from the gym. Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the gym. It not only makes my body feel great but I can completely clear my mind when I’m in there blasting music through my beats sweating from head to toe.
As Chris Zaino from bodybuilding.com says, “Recovery is vital for the body to continue making progress, whether it is muscle gain, fat loss, or both”. If your body is hurting you, or if your mind is just telling you no…sometimes SOMETIMES it’s okay to take a break. Now, it’s also important to not go overboard with the breaks. There are several days when we can all feel lazy and not want to get out of bed. But take it from someone who can easily sleep until 12pm every morning…you need to find something to motivate yourself. What are your goals? Why did you start this journey in the first place? Find something to push you into getting up and working out.
Even as I sit here on my couch relaxing today, I’ve been getting up and working my abs, doing squats, planks, etc. these are small exercises that get me up and doing some minimal work to calm my mind. Even on my days off, I keep my goals clear in my head!