Not Getting the Results You Want?
ACTIVE REST BABY
I used to overtrain like nobody’s business. During my years suffering with my eating disorder, I most definitely had exercise bulimia (which is when you use exercise as a means of purging) and if I tallied up my hours, I was probably training for about 6 hours a day.
When you over-train, your body HOLDS ONTO FAT like there is no tomorrow. Furthermore, your body releases an abundance of CORTISOL, the fat storing hormone that is released from stress.
Overexercise puts the body in fight or flight stress mode which affects not only your fat storage but your mood, apetite and over all feeling of well-being, so why the heck would you want to do this to yourself?
Do yourself a huge favour, take a freaking day or two off and enjoy a yoga class, bike ride, slow hike, walk with a friend, swim in the lake or one of a million other activities. Not only will this help you shed that fat that you can’t get rid of, it will help you FEEL better in every way.
Today after two solid training days, I enjoyed a super fun bike ride with my man around Vancouver’s gorgeous seawall. We snacked on fresh blueberries and hydrated with bottles of my chocolate coconut water that I froze and allowed to thaw throughout the course of our ride.
We stopped to do some mild stretching and played on the swings before heading home for lunch. Days like this not only heal the body but also heal the soul.
What’s your favourite form of active rest?