Rest days! Don’t deny yourself

Hey there fellow bloggers,

I have to send my apologies as I haven’t posted anything for a while due to being unwell. Last week I hit exhaustion and had to visit the doctor, now normally I wouldn’t bother but being pregnant I thought I probably should go and get checked out. Anyway cut a long story short, the doctor told me that I do too much and with working 2 jobs my body was exhausted. I did ask the doctor about the amount of exercise I am doing and whether that would have an effect and although she said I needed to make sure I was giving my body the sufficient time to rest, she also said that exercise would only have positive benefits!!!!!!!

So last week I decided to take it easy, I had a week off the gym but still couldn’t fully rest as I am not wired like that! I have to be doing something, sitting at home all day “putting my feet up” gives me cabin fever. So I walked! I ended up walking 35 miles over the week and by the end of the week I felt better rested than I had in a long time.

The point of this post is to ensure you that having a rest day is ok and I would encourage it. Without resting, your muscles don’t have the time they need to recover, repair and get stronger. Also you need to rest so you can fully enjoy your workouts, if you are constantly exhausted from working out then you’re not going to work as hard, because you don’t have the energy, and it’s going to become a chore for you to do it rather than something you enjoy.

Resting doesn’t have to mean sitting on your ass and stuffing your face with cake! No, resting can mean taking a day off from the gym or running but still going on a long stroll. Your body will tell you when it needs time to rest and you need to LISTEN to it, otherwise you will burn yourself out.

Ever heard of the expression “you can’t burn the candle at both ends”, yeah well this also applies to working out. Be careful not to over do it, you’ll do yourself more harm than good if you don’t rest!

In the words of Beyonce “LISTEN”, you’re body loves you, love it back.

Take care guys

F x

You can sit on the couch or get rid of the pouch!

So yesterday I felt really unwell, I mean sick, headaches and generally exhausted but I really didn’t want to get home from work and just sit on the couch as I know it would have made me worse! Now not everyone is the same, so please don’t think that just because I’m a fitness junkie, you have to be the same, you don’t and if you’re pregnant and having a hard time then it’s understandable that fitness may make you want to vom! But I promise, from experience that fresh air and gentle exercise will help! You can up the ante once you start feeling better.

So instead I decided to go for a walk with a friend, it wasn’t a power walk or anything too strenuous but it was still exercise and I wasn’t sat there stuffing my face and afterwards I felt 100% better!

So, you see, exercising doesn’t always have to be vigorous and 100 miles an hour, you can still burn calories as long as you are being active in some kind of way. Burning yourself out by doing extreme exercise everyday won’t help you in the long run as eventually your body will have to rest, and yes rest is good for you!

By resting, you allow your muscles the time they need to recover and believe me they need time. By giving them this rest period they will then be able to train just as hard the next time you use them.

If, like me, you are addicted to being active and find it physically impossible to sit still (my partner thinks I have ants in my pants) then rather than killing yourself working out hard 24/7 think about doing some less strenuous exercising like walking or swimming, play with the kids or go on the trampoline for a little while. Whatever you are doing on your feet is better than sitting on your bum!

Remember keeping fit and healthy is important but part of this is looking after yourself at the same time. Don’t over exert yourself too much.

I hope that my posts are a good read for you guys, if there is anything you want me to talk about or want advice with then let me know 🙂

F x