We were on a break!
Ross Geller Khushboo
Nothing like a little F.R.I.E.N.D.S flashback to start off a post! After I hit publish, I am going to faceplant my bed. After 3 nights of partying for a friend’s wedding, I am beyond shattered. Fortunately it’s the kind of exhaustion which is absolutely worth it so I can’t really complain! In between the craziness, my weekend also involved something I haven’t done in a looong time: A workout hiatus
Ever heard about diseconomies of scale? If not, allow my inner geek to enlighten you:
Beyond a certain point, each additional unit of output brings an increase in overall costs. In workout terms, that is exactly what happened to me over the past few weeks: each workout left me feeling more mentally drained that energized. Sure I left the gym with an endorphin high, but my workouts became more of a chore and something I did out of habit. If anything, the costs outweighed the benefits.
Aside from a walk along Marine Drive on Thursday, my only form of exercise these past few days was dancing at the wedding functions…i.e. the best kinda workout. Side note: dancing/walking in heels has got to be more effective than calf raises ! Although it did feel slightly weird to not rush about in the morning, I really relished every second of this 5-day gym hiatus. As much as I generally enjoy working out, it felt great to set my alarm an hour later…to not worry about when I’ll fit my workout in…to not wake up feeling sore.
And more than that, I actually feel mentally & physically recharged. I’m glad I took a step back and focused on what my body & mind wanted rather than fight it. I didn’t feel guilty about being “lazy” or worry that it would be hard to get back into it. If anything, I can’t wait to hit the gym tomorrow…and not because I should. Instead it’s because I want to!
How many rest days do you typically take a week?