Resting Every Other Day

rest-daysI have decided to make a change in my workout routine once again. I am lifting pretty hard each day and I am not seeing any significant changes in getting my blood sugar back under 100 and it is frustrating me. I believe that I am going at it much too hard and not giving my body enough rest between workouts. It is for this reason that I am going to continue lifting hard, but do every other day. Day on Day off so to speak. There is no physical trainer in the world who would suggest lifting heavy weights everyday. On my off days I will find a way to do a slow walk or hike, or do nothing at all. But today will be the first day of this new routine.

It is so easy to forget that the body needs to rest after a hard workout, but a rest day doesn’t mean a day of doing nothing at all. There are things that I can do like light situps, walking, sprints or bike riding. The key is to give those muscles time to heal after ripping and tearing them up. It is also the rest period after the workout that builds the muscle, not the actual workout.

So Billy, take a break, rest, relax and allow your body to heal. It is more than obvious that lifting hard everyday just isn’t working out.

Blood Sugar- 124, Weight- 168.6

REST DAY

Meals
Breakfast- 2 Eggs, Sausage
Lunch- Dover Sole, Asparagus
Dinner- Meatloaf, Peas

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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12 Responses to Resting Every Other Day

  1. Terri says:

    I think this is an extremely wise decision you’ve made. I’m not over 50 yet, I’m 42, but I do notice when my body needs to take a day off. Lately I’ve become sort of burnt out with my exercise routine (probably because it’s been stuck inside for so long due to weather), but if you ignore what your body is telling you, that’s when the injuries start, and the mental pressure of “what am i doing? this workout sucks” starts to happen more and more. You’re being very smart.

  2. Kat W says:

    Sounds like a wise move (not that I’m any exercise guru). But I’ve heard that varying your exercise is a good idea. And maybe you can take some more lovely photos on your walks?

  3. James says:

    Seems sensible. Most of what I’ve read says it’s best to up the intensity for awhile and then back off. Chances are your body has adapted to your routine, which is usually a good reason to switch things up.

  4. Great move! Rest days are crucial, but often overlooked and under utilized!

  5. Walking, especially this time of year, helps bring my stress down – which seems to help my blood sugar almost more than anything. I admire your dedication to adapting to what works!

  6. educater21 says:

    Totally wise move! My routine in running has always been to alternate hard days with rest days… and by rest I never did mean doing nothing. A rest day helps in recuperation after a hard workout but could include a milder workout which utilises other muscle groups. Coupled with a reduced sugar or generally lower calorie diet, results are wonderful.

    We really need to be in tune with our body’s demands and so those rest days are critical, especially as we age.

    Thank you for sharing your journey, especially love the inclusion of the meals.

    • I am glad you enjoy the posts. The meals are just a plan for the day and sometimes I do mess up. I am thinking about going more into detail about the exact foods and amount I eat, but that would require that I finish my blog post at the end of each day rather than early in the morning. But it may be a more detailed way to go.

  7. Great job troubleshooting your program. Not resting enough is a common mistake. While It is helpful for beginners to train consistently,my Envision180 Workout program (the one I used to lose 80 lbs.) only has you in the gym four days a week for 45 minutes (three hours total or 180 minutes, hence the name.) http://envisionhealthcoaching.org/exercise-guidelines/

  8. jesssplatter says:

    Another post I can totally “Get” You know we find this great place and we excel in it and we add training and other things and they seem fruitful, and they are, but all of a sudden the body some times says, “slow down already…You are going to crash in burnout land!” Or maybe it’s just me. In Triathlon REST is called the 4th sport. I’ve pulled back. I’ve slowed down, why because I-want-to-be-in-a-ketogenic-state-a YEAR FROM NOW! Rest is critical…Exercise is a stress on the body. I’m coming to peace with that.

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