The truth is, if these secrets show up all over the place, they're not really secrets. They're just ignored. Take me for instance.
I actually understand that mastering these simple tricks will help anyone in their fitness goals- whether those goals are loosing weight, building muscle, or gaining strength.
But it's so hard.
|The Moment this Doctor made a Hitchhiker's Guide|
reference, I was hooked.
The Doctor can regenerate in seconds, but still needs rest afterwords. We take 7-9 hours a night to regenerate.
Unfortunately, I'm more like the 12th Doctor. Um... very mild spoiler here for anyone that hasn't seen Doctor Who, Season 8, Episode 1, "Deep Breath."
He didn't understand the importance of a bedroom. The very idea made him incredulous. "You mean you've got a whole room for not being awake in!?"
My thoughts exactly.
Without sleep, our bodies won't produce growth hormone. Growth hormone maintains or bones, reduces fat storage, and builds our muscles. That's just some of the benefits.
|"You mean you've got a whole room for not being awake in?|
But what's the point? You're just missing the room. And
don't look in that mirror, it's absolutely furious!"
I'm getting better at the sleep portion, but I mentioned two secrets didn't I? The other goes hand in hand.
I hate them.
Really. My current workout goals are a mix of strength and skill. I'm working on handstands, and handstand pushups, with the goal of eventually being able to do a back lever, and planche pushups.
I rarely take rest days. I've come to (incorrectly) view them as wasted days. Now, I usually have a light day that consists of just swimming. But it is a rarity that I don't do a workout of some kind.
|Don't do this workout everyday. You'll look|
more like a dead soldier, not a Spartan.
Why? Because I'd been pushing my body too hard for too long. Ever since I completed the 300 workout, I've thought that every "hard" day should have the same intensity. Some of them can, but pushing your body that hard 3-4 times a week has consequences. By Wednesday, my body finally told me to give it a break already.
These aren't secrets. Chances are, you know that the body needs time to rebuild the muscle fibers that were torn down. Tissue damage is repaired, and the body grows stronger. But so many of us fall into the trap of "more, more, more."
I've been trying to do "more, more, more."
But without rest, my performance becomes sub-par. I risk injury. And I actually impede my success, rather than guaranteeing it.
Yesterday, I didn't work out. I practiced a few handstands, but not for any substantial amount of time. And today? I feel fantastic.
I'll hit the gym hard tonight. And next week? I'll take another rest day.
Keep transforming. Keep regenerating.