Monday, March 21, 2011

Taking time for restorative exercise

I have to admit I get a charge out of intense workouts.  Spinning classes, running, hour-long practice swims.  Those things are fun and give me a charge.  Part of it is that intense workouts help relax my mind. I also get a charge thinking of the massive calorie burn.  I am having so much trouble staying under my Weight Watchers points target that I try to make up for it with exercise.  Plus, I want to do a triathlon this summer, which means I need to work hard to be ready to compete in all three sports.

Last week I went to one of those Extreme Interval classes, sort of a circuit-training-bootcamp thing.  I had no trouble with the endurance part -- I could run or punch or kick forever, but the strength stuff was very hard for me, especially all of the pushups and all of the impact on my bare feet. For some reason, I decided to go for a run after this class.  I was feeling a little insecure about not feeling like I could keep up, and I hadn't gotten a lot of running in lately. I told myself that this would help flush out the lactic acid so I wouldn't be too sore.  Wrong. What it did was make my calves feel like they had been beaten with baseball bats.  This class/run combo was on Friday and I am still feeling some residual soreness.  I skipped my swim practice last night but even this morning, I woke up feeling awful.

Today's workout was supposed to be a strength training class at the YMCA. I was all dressed and ready to go when I realized that it wasn't the right for me today.  I went for a walk outside instead, and I am going to do a yoga class this evening.  I don't think I have been giving myself enough time to restore and renew.  It wasn't just the right thing for my body today, it helped get me off the rat wheel of feeling like I have to burn, burn, burn all of the time.

1 comment:

  1. You need rest days so your muscles can heal. My son is a weight lifter and he works upper body one day and lower body the next. He also has an occasional complete day of rest. I think you are tired because of not including this principle of exercising. You may be setting yourself up for a vicious cycle of exercising, this creates hunger, going over your points, then feeling like you must exercise which sets you up for the cycle again. Perhaps you should work with a trainer who can help you balance things out so you are ready for the triathlon and not injured. That person could also help with your food intake.

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