What happens when you take extra days off?
This is a question I get all the time from clients. We are so afraid of losing our gains, losing momentum or breaking habit streaks if we deviate from our plans.
The truth is I’ve been taking extra days off this last month and I have been still crushing my workouts when I do them.
If I’m not getting a solid 7-8 hours of good sleep, missing meals or my anxiety is high I don’t workout.
For over 4 years I never did this. It was workout Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, rest Thursday, workout Friday/Saturday and rest Sunday. Vacations and all. I did everything I could to stick to those no matter how my body felt. Which was good and had its purpose at the time.
Now I’m working on a lot of things and that schedule doesn’t serve me anymore.
“Why” you ask?? Because at some point you're hurting more than helping when you push yourself to workout when you aren’t feeling good.
I get it. It’s hard to know if you’re being “weak” or truly need rest. I know. So ask yourself a few questions. “What does my body want? Will I be able to get after it better tomorrow if I take off today?” If you start to warm up and still aren’t feeling it by the time you're ready to workout then an extra day won’t hurt you.
You will not lose your gains. You won’t have wasted all your efforts. Know that you have been going hard and that a little break may be good for your body to fully recover and get back at it.
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