Jun 26, 2012
I choose the right foods, I take the best supplements, I exercise with intensity. So why am I not having the exact results I want? I have processesed and considered this question multiple times. I review, I analyze, and have come up short, until now.
Last night I came upon this post by the folks over at Whole9:
Rest is simply the absence of effort or movement—the absence of exertion. Think taking a day off from exercise or sport, napping, chilling on the couch, rotting your brain with Jersey Shore or Lost reruns, and going to bed nice and early so you get adequate sleep. All of that is fine and good, but resting is only one small part of true recovery.
Recovery is the restorative process by which you regain a state of “normalcy”; healthy and in balance. (If your “normal” is not “healthy,” perhaps you should spend some time considering that.) Recovery is far more than just taking a day off from training. Genuine recovery includes adequate rest, but also must include the engaged, deliberate execution of a cogent plan to offset the (physical and psychological) cost of your training. (read the full article here)
While this may be nothing new to many of you, for me (ie: the stubborn, strong willed one), it hit me between the eyes. I do not allow myself to recover. I push and push to the point of exhaustion and then wonder why I am not where I want to be. Consider the lightbulb turned on. I get it.
This morning I chose to go for a jog then follwed it with a yoga max video. It felt good. I felt free. Coupled with Nighttime Recovery, OmegaPlex, Catalyst, and MNS, I know I will be feeling the difference. I am also confident I will begin seeing the difference.