Something is wrong when I get 10 hours of great sleep, walk two miles on my treadmill and feel guilty that I didn’t work hard enough. Ah, “active rest” days can be stressful to an on the go Type A. Saturdays are my active rest day, due to the cold and blowing snow this morning I chose to walk inside on my treadmill. In the past I have walked outside – and I usually walk 3 miles. Because I slept in today I only had time for two miles, I didn’t want to be late for my manicure and pedicure appointment. Yes, I pamper myself occasionally.
In “Zoned Out” I mentioned the importance of spending quality time training in each of the five fitness heart rate zones. I didn’t do this for over a year and the result of my overtraining caused my fat burning aerobic zones to diminish. I did more harm than good. In order to develop my zones 1 and 2, I have to spend time training in them. My zone 1 is so low, all I can do is walk and practice yoga. I am doing more than training my body to burn fat in these zones, I am teaching my mind to appreciate the benefits of rest. It isn’t easy. Then again, if things were easy we wouldn’t grow. Challenges teach me about myself and how I can benefit from change. (I actually cringed a little when I wrote that last sentence.)
Learning to rest, like learning to swim with a band or do a flip turn, take time and practice. And patience.