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Know When to Let Your Muscles Rest

Exercise and Knowing When to Rest

Two weeks ago, I attended an I love Marketing conference in Phoenix, Arizona. I must admit, it was hard to think about anything else for the entire week prior because I was so excited. The idea that I was going to be surrounded by like-minded professionals for an entire weekend was a huge honor. I couldn’t wait to learn more about growing my business and to meet more people who are in the same industry.

When I arrived, I met Dustin Maher. I was thrilled when he informed me that he was a fitness professional who specializes in training mommy’s like me! Dustin helps women post pregnancy, and afterwards, to get in better shape than before they had their child(ren). This sounded fabulous to me, so I wanted in! By the end of the conversation, we decided to have a workout session together the following morning.

The next day, I was really excited to see what Dustin had in store for me. I woke up early to get a good breakfast in, then headed back to the room. I was so excited in fact, that I tried on all of my fitness outfits to see which one was the most comfortable. After I was all dressed, I reached for my sneakers, but they weren’t there. I searched all over that hotel room and they were no where to be found. I checked under the beds, in the bathroom, throughout the luggage, even looked in the fridge (You know you’ve done it too). After 30 minutes, I called the search off and had to muster up the fact that I left my sneakers behind in Florida.

I was so disappointed. It’s rare for me to let my spirits get low, but I couldn’t help it. Not only was I upset that I missed out on a killer workout session, I was really mad that I couldn’t work out for the remainder of the trip.

I threw myself a little pity party for a few minutes and decided to outside to get some fresh air. The weather in Phoenix was beautiful, HOT, but beautiful. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the air had a clean, crisp scent to it. Looking around, I saw so many interesting people talking about the same stuff I was passionate about. I realized that I was missing out on the best part of the weekend, meeting people!

The whole point of this conference, the part I was so excited about, hadn’t even begun yet! I still had plenty of new things to learn. I immediately jumped up and went upstairs to get my husband, I wasn’t going to waste another minute sulking about a silly workout.

The speaker of the day was Dan Kennedy, who was a huge inspiration and a true marketing genius!
I also got to see Dr. Robert Cialdini which was absolutely amazing. I learned so much from both of the speakers and practically forgot about my fitness mis-hap.

Throughout the rest of the weekend, I felt so relaxed, energized, and rested. I put my body through a lot with all the exercising and training I do, I need to remember to let it rest.

Although I was taking a rest from the gym for two days, I still stuck to my diet. As a matter of fact, I was a little more strict on it than I am normally. Just because you are resting you muscles, doesn’t mean you get to eat junk food too. When you’re selecting your meal and snack choices, consider the fact that you aren’t burning as many calories throughout the day as you normally would.

Sometimes the only thing your body needs is rest. Over-working your muscles often leads to injuries and fatigue. Even though stretching is a great way to try to avoid those two work out demons, it isn’t always enough. As we continue to build muscle, those muscles are ripping and need time to heal in order to work properly and grow.

Once I gave my body that much needed rest, I was back in the gym on Monday. And let me just tell you, I had one of the best workouts for the simple reason that my muscles were so fresh and ready to work hard.

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Written by Ingrid Macher

Certified Health Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Motivator

I have a passion for helping people change their lives. I started out helping my friends and now I give advice and tips to perfect strangers who have now become my friends. I love what I do and I wouldn’t change my life even if I could. This kind of happy is truly a gift and I’ll do whatever it takes to be able to give this gift to others.

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