I don't like taking days off. I love to train ... it helps me keep my head on straight and get through my week. And when I am able to break through a goal I've been working on - faster paces, down a few pounds, whatever it is, I want to do more. I know I'm not alone here ...
But the fact is, more isn't better. More is actually in many cases, worse. In order for our bodies to see change and improve performance, we need to allow it to properly rest and recover. If we don't, we plateau. And, worst case, we get hurt. We need to take days off. For some of us, this is hard.
Over the few years, I've learned a lot about recovery. Days off, don't have to be "do nothing" days. We should still move. A light/easy jog, with lots of mobility work is perfect. Or, work on a skill. (I'm still not great at pistol squats.) Or, do a tread and shred workout in recovery mode. (Just put an "R" circled next to your name.) Tell your coach you want a recovery workout which means 50% - 60% effort. Nice and easy. Our coaches will help you though it and you'll feel great when you're done.
So, how do you know if you should take a recovery day? Three easy ways:
- Orthostatic Heart Rate. Take your heart rate while you're still laying in bed. Stand up and walk for 30 seconds. Take your heart rate again. If there is a difference greater than 20 beats, you need a day off.
- Do the first round of your workout and see what happens. If your body is saying no, ya gotta listen and dial it back to a recovery workout - 50% effort.
- Something hurts. The fastest way to an injury is to ignore your body's signals that something is going on. If something hurts, is tweaked, feels weird, whatever, make the day a recovery day and work on mobility in the area that's calling for it.
If you have more questions about recovery, ask your coaches, or search on our blog. It's chock full of great info!
All Hail the TreadMighty,