Well, after 20 weeks of CrossFit I finally took a long break and relaxed for the past 9 days. Besides a ton of walking (which just offset my poor eating and many LBS of Ice Cream), I really only worked out one time during the vacation. On past vacations I made it a point to work out more but I’ve changed my thinking a lot on this..here’s why.
I believe it’s good to take a break from your routine and just relax your mind and body and let it rest. You can continue to push yourself day after day but part of improving is listening to your body and understanding what it needs. For me, it’s taking time off and “missing it” that gets me recharged and amped up to go hard at it again next week. It also gives you a perspective to see how you feel when you aren’t working out or eating how you’d normally eat and it can help reenforce that what you are doing is correct and help keep you focused on your goals.
Bottomline, whether you take a bunch of days off in a row or not, I believe it is crucial to rest at certain points during your training in order to let your body and also your mind recover and reset for the next wave of training.
Fortunately, this upcoming week is our last in the program and is a Deload week so it will help me ease back into my training.
Can’t believe 21 weeks are already in the books in my CrossFit journey. Excited to see what the next 21 hold!