Workout Routine and Rest Days while at Home
Just because we aren’t lifting super heavy or going at crazy high intensities doesn’t mean that your body doesn’t need a break or rest day.
We’ve talked a lot about stress in previous blogs and the effect that it has on your body and recovery. Pushing hard at home may feel different than pushing hard at the gym but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t taking a toll on your body.
We are now programming workouts 7 days/week, however, that doesn’t mean that you should be doing all 7 days.
I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how sore their legs are or how they are lacking in motivation.
This is your body's response to physical activity and could mean TOO MUCH of it. If you are used to working out 3 days/week and have now upped it to 5, your body could be responding negatively to that and/or it may be taking a major toll on your central nervous system.
Soreness does not always equal progress. Your body’s ability to recover will change with the stressors in your life and now might be a time to step back a little bit.
While we are at home, it is ok to take a rest day.
It is ok to have unproductive/lazy days.
Sometimes the best thing we can do for our bodies is to get outside and walk or spend time in the sun relaxing. (Active recovery days)
If you sign on to Facebook and see that the workout has a bunch of legs and you are still sore from the last workout, skip it or go through the motions with just your bodyweight.
Don’t beat yourself up for taking a day off or for listening to your body.
We all have those off days, even the coaches.
A good schedule to get on, and that is recommended by Crossfit, is 3 days on/1 day off.
Workout hard Monday-Wednesday, then take Thursday off, and resume workouts again on Friday.
We have purposely tried to make Sunday’s an active recovery/mobility/get outside day, take advantage of that!!
In the end, we still of course, want everyone to stay productive and making progress.
With the added stress everyone is [potentially under, this does not mean you should push yourself when your body is telling you otherwise.
When it doubt, take it easy and always reach out to your coach if you need help with motivation, accountability, an alternative workout for the day, etc.
Keep up the great work!