Who here actually has a consistent work/rest schedule in the gym? Do you workout 3 days in a row and rest 1 day. 2-to-1? 5-to-1? Or do you just go by how your body feels? And when you do take a rest day, what do you do? Sleep for 14 hours or just do something other than CrossFit?
If you expect to improve your fitness, you can not undermine the importance of proper rest. The work we do in the gym is stressful to our bodies. It’s supposed to be. So when our bodies heal, it comes back better than before. If you don’t allow your body that time to heal, you’re doing more harm than good.
For the less experienced, planning your rest day will take some experimentation. Try working out for two days then take one off. If you can’t seem to get that motor running your next day back, take a little more time to heal the next go around. If you come in after your rest day feeling unchallenged, throw in an extra workout.
And your rest day doesn’t necessarily mean hibernation (though some may need it). Come into the gym to do the warm up then work on mobility for the rest of class. Or show up for one of the Run Squad workouts instead. Take a yoga class, walk the dog a few blocks further than usual, see a chiropractor . . . you get the point. Just do something to stay active without over-stressing your body. Trust me, it will pay dividends.
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