#TakeAFuckingDayOff

If there is one hashtag that makes me really angry, it’s #NoDaysOff.

  1. Don’t be stupid.
  2. Don’t be naive.
  3. You’re not cool.
  4. Take a fucking day off.

Over-training is a hazard, especially for those who are inexperienced or new to the lifestyle… and if you had experience, you would be smart to take days off. Rest and recovery is part of being fit and healthy and if you aren’t doing that, you aren’t doing it right.

#TakeAFuckingDayOff

WHY you should take a fucking day off:
This is when your body is adapting to the stress of exercise— replenishing its energy stores and repairing damaged tissues. If you never let it recover properly, your body will continue breaking down from intensive exercise and regeneration cannot occur. Aim to take at least one day off a week to let your body rest properly— besides, there is more to life than working out and worrying about your fitness. You’re not going to get out of shape after a few days off.

WHEN you should take a day off:

  • When you are constantly sore.
  • When exercise leaves you exhausted instead of energized.
  • When you see lack of results, no progression, poor performance and/or a plateau.
  • When you are experiencing elevated resting heart rate.
  • You’re health is deteriorating and you’re getting sick frequently.
  • You have trouble falling asleep and have a loss of appetite.
  • Loss of motivation.
  • Mood changes (depression, irritability, etc)

WHAT you should do on your days off:

  • Active Recovery: Low intensity exercises such as the elliptical after a hard workout to cool down or take an active rest day and go walk your dog. Sometimes when your muscles are extremely sore and tight, it feels really good to do some low intensity cardio like an easy bike ride around the park to loosen it up.
  • Total Recovery: Nothing. Do nothing at all a.k.a. don’t fucking workout. But you may pay a visit to your RMT or use a foam-roller.
  • Nutrition: Eat the right foods to replenish your body.
  • Sleep: your body does incredible things when you are asleep.

Yes, I know few do use the #NoDaysOff hastag to imply that they have “no wasted day” or not wasting a single day in their lives (wrong hashtag?), but that’s not the case for many. So please people, take a day off!

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    Workout Recap 03.31-04.06

    Wow, is it April already? I’ve been in the process of writing a real entry but instead, I procrastinated. So in the meantime, here is a workout recap from the past week.

    Normally, I would always go workout no matter what and push myself super hard but one thing I’ve been doing a lot lately is to not workout hard or not workout at all if I wasn’t feeling up to it. It’s okay if you miss a workout, especially if you are already fairly committed to the lifestyle. Taking it easy or even taking days off once in a while is not going to hinder your results since recovery is a significant part of the program.

    One thing I did regret was not making it to Bikram’s more since I was going a lot the past few weeks. It’s such a great way to stretch, relax, recover while being drenched in sweat!

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      Why I Love Bikram’s Yoga

      Why I Love Bikram’s Yoga

      Bikram’s and other forms of hot yoga are highly controversial, but so are lot of other fitness activities such as Crossfit, long distance running and body building. True, you can really injure yourself from inexperience, bad advice and trainers, which is why they are all controversial in the first place, although it’s unfortunate that the world of fitness is full of haters and those who think their way is the only right way —but that’s not true. The right way is the way you LOVE because it keeps you moving. Isn’t that the whole point?

      I was really fit when I tried Bikram’s for the first time but if I wasn’t, I’m quite sure I would have hated it because intolerable thoughts of insane heat and how hard holding the poses were, would be rooted into my mind …and I would’ve never gone back. You really need a bit of mental toughness to overcome the feeling of suffocation in the smothering heat of a Bikram’s class! Yes, you develop mental toughness if you manage to persevere through multiple classes but it’s much easier when you already have previous experience dealing with this kind of torment, so you won’t be turned off on your first try. But as someone who really fucking loves fitness, I now see it as a relaxing practice to compliment my other workouts, thus my body can feel balanced and rejuvenated.

      I still haven’t acquired the discipline to sit through an hour of the other types of yoga (one day…) but I’m a huge fan of Bikram’s because it’s a mix of everything I love when it comes to fitness put in a yoga class: sweat, intensity, difficulty and surprisingly, the heat. When I took my first class, the heat was the monster I was most afraid of— I couldn’t even sit in a bathtub full of hot water because I felt trapped by the steam so I was pleasantly at surprised myself. These days I long to be in a heated room doing yoga.

      No, I don’t believe you literally get detoxified and sweat out a significant amount of toxins during hot yoga because that job goes to your hardworking kidneys. No, I don’t believe you can burn fat. When you sweat during hot yoga, you are mainly sweating out water… and losing a lot of water weight (a.k.a. not actually burning “fat”) but that’s not why I’m there. I’m there because:

      It makes me feel amazing!

      And I want to get a reallyyyy good stretch and to “FEEL” detoxified because you always feel rejuvenated after a Bikram’s class. Did I also forget to mention the challenge? Every class, albeit the same 26 poses, will be hard because you are challenging yourself to stretch deeper and hold it for longer. Like all things fitness, it relaxes your mind, body and soul and is simply a perfect getaway from the stresses of everyday life. I would rather be stressed and pumping out cortisol from trying to hold a Standing Head-to-Knee Pose than stressed out from my day job.

      Perhaps one day I will make the time to practice other forms of yoga regularly, but we all have to start somewhere.

      Have you tried Bikram’s or another form of hot yoga? Do you love it?

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