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Honky Tonkin’ Recovery

Tuesday, 6 / 13 / 17

Are you overtraining or over trained? Are you having a hard time taking days off? Do you feel tired and sore all the time? Rest and try finding something fun to keep you occupied while you do.

This week may not be a blog on specifics in the strength and conditioning industry as much as it is a reminder for all of us to find balance for a healthy lifestyle. I am fresh off a weeklong trip of honky tonkin’ in Nashville for CMA fest, so this topic is at the forefront of my mind.

I know some of us, including myself, have a hard time not working out. But how often do we fall into the trap of overtraining, especially when we know we are going to go on vacation. We either work out more before we leave or find time during vacation to work out so we don’t miss a beat. This past week I didn’t once pick up a weight or go for a run. And for the most part, I ate like crap. I mean, it’s hard to resist one of the best places known for hot fried chicken. And do you know what it did for my mindset and my body? It reset me. When I woke up Sunday morning, my body felt rested. I was excited to get back on track with my eating and felt ready to begin my new workout program for the summer.

When we enjoy working out and training hard, we often forget the progressive toll it takes on our body over time. It becomes hard to tell ourselves to take time off and relax when we are so ingrained to push through it and do better. Over time, we start to make less progress and start to actually move backwards because of overtraining. It’s important to make sure you find time to rest and recover. If you are like me, and need to stay busy and preoccupied in order to actually take a rest day/week, find something fun to do that doesn’t include hard training.

This past week in Nashville, I spent every minute from 9 am – 11 pm walking around Broadway and enjoying concerts all over the city. I was able to get my mind off of training and work. I was able to relax and have fun while my body recovered without me focusing on it. Now, that doesn’t mean I sat on my butt and got drunk all week. I probably walked around 10 miles a day and I foam rolled a few times to aid my recovery (but yes… I did have a few beers as well).

So if your workouts have become sluggish or you are feeling tired and you struggle to take time off - find something fun to do. Find a way to get your mind off of working out and enjoy life while you recover. Next vacation, try to completely rest. Your body will thank you for it and you may even be stronger when you get back!

TAGS: Lifestyle, Health, Recovery, Advice, Personal Performance
Chris Wiltey