Posts Tagged "recovery"

Being Sick Did a Number on my Fitness

Sick

I almost never get sick. Seriously, it only hits me every 4-5 years. For real. I caught a little cold a few weeks ago because I’m an idiot. I washed my hair, didn’t fully dry it, then slept with my window open. Yup. Seven days later, I had a sore throat, which is always the beginning symptom to all my colds.

My colds are really tame. I’ll have a bit of a cough (after the Day 1 sore throat subsides), and that’s about it. Blow my nose, and rid my body of the phlegm, and I’m good.

During my cold, I had to back off of my usual workout routine. I was about 3 weeks into Round 2 of Les Mills Pump. I was bummed, but I had to fight this cold off. I kept my workouts pretty short. Did some “beginner” Turbo workouts every other day, given I didn’t have a cough attack.

After I shook the cold, however, I thought, “let me jump right back into my Les Mills Pump rotation!” The next day, I was hurting!

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It’s Recovery Week!

When I was dealing with another case of the blah’s Monday, and was having trouble getting “up” for my workout, I realized that I had been lifting heavy with ChaLEAN Extreme since the beginning of February. And, on top of that, I hadn’t taken any substantial recovery time for my body.

I believe that some other 90-day programs, like P90x, have built-in recovery time. And that just doesn’t mean a day or two off each week. They take a week to recharge the body before moving on to the next stage of the program. While, I don’t think my results are suffering or that my body is beat up, lifting very heavy for 4 months is a very long time!

So, I decided, on Monday, that this week would be a recovery week for me. And by recovery, I just mean I won’t be doing any strength training. I’m thinking of it as a ‘Cardio Week’. On Monday, I rediscovered my love for all things “Turbo Jam”. Yesterday, I did my second Week 3 c25k workout. And today I am doing NOTHING! Yes, nothing. It feels so wrong, though! I haven’t had a Wednesday off since January! So, I’ve spent most of the day tempering my guilty conscious. I mean, taking a day off every now and then is nothing to feel bad about. I just don’t do it much, and as a result, feel like I’m being bad! When did giving yourself 2 days off per week turn into being “bad”? lol

Tomorrow, I’m going to do another Couch to 5k run, followed by another fun Turbo Jam workout on Friday. Then, Saturday will feature another c25k run, with Sunday another day off.

Then on Monday, I will reevaluate. I have a few options. I could continue recovering with another cardio week. I could jump back into another shuffled “Lean For Life” rotation of ChaLEAN Extreme. Or, I could just start the program over from the beginning. I’ll just see how I feel after this week and go from there.

But, for right now, I’m truly enjoying my “recovery week”. I hope that at the end I will be refreshed and ready for another 90 day challenge!

P.S. The Chalene Johnson sent me an @reply today on Twitter and I’m a little giddy. Yes, you can all call me a nerd again. I can’t help it! The woman is responsible for me being this dedicated to fitness right now!

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How Should I Recover?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I want to incorporate a recovery drink, snack, or bar into my post-workout routine.

As it stands now, I work out right before dinner. I literally get out of the shower and sit down at the dinner table. I don’t really like that set-up.

I mentioned on Twitter that I want to move up my workout hour to 5PM-ish so that I can be all showered before the news starts. This would allow me a few hours before dinner, so getting in some form of recovery would be preferable. I want to start complimenting all the hard work I do by refueling properly.

I’ve tried Muscle Milk before. I’ve also tried Luna Bars. I’ve also seen various lists of post-workout snacks. I’m sure the “best” method is different for everyone, but I’m not sure where I should even begin.

Any suggestions?

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