I had my bags packed to get up at 3:45am and climb Mt. Princeton this morning, one of Colorado’s infamous 14ers (a mountain over 14,000 feet). Despite my aching hamstrings and exhausted mental state, I loaded Clifbars into a bag. At 2am, I woke up anticipating my alarm only to have the thought cross my mind, ‘what if I took a day off and got some things done around the house.’ The internal argument began and for the next hour I tried to rationalize both sides to myself.
Well, here I am at the computer with a cup of coffee, watching the sun come up over Denver. And I’m damn glad I decided to take a break. But, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to get out and do something active.
We all need those days where we are still active, but don’t kill ourselves at the gym. For those of you intensity junkies like me, this is the hardest thing to hear! But, if we don’t take a day to do something kind to our bodies and mind, we tend to burnout mentally, halt our progress, or plateau.
Idea #1: Go for a walk with an 8-10lb. medicine ball and do this series, 1 minute each until you hit 20 minutes:
-park bench step-ups
-hand-to-hand ball throw
Idea #2: Kayaking or Stand-Up-Paddle Boarding! Try something new and enjoy an easy glide around a lake. Most parks offer rentals.
Idea #3: Can’t get out of the house? Throw your laundry in and get thee to the stairs:
-walk 5x (up & down = 1x)
-Decline Push-ups 20x
-Jump-up, run down 1x
-Side steps 1x each side
-1 Leg Curtsy Squat 20x each side
Wide-Leg Forward Fold
Now pat yourself on the back for doing something kind to your body! Or have someone else do it – GET A MASSAGE!