So yesterday was shoulder day and I decided that it was high time I brought my workout routine up to the next level. I increased the weight on all circuits and brought each set to the maximum I could do. It felt great and although I knew that I would suffer for it the next day I just didn’t care. I wanted to feel the adrenaline running through my veins as I pushed that last rep to it’s very limits. It was a great workout.
As predicted here I am now the next morning after the workout feeling not only the aches and pains associated with the workout but also that feeling of being sick. My body is in super repair mode as my immune system is aggressively working to repair all of the damaged muscle tissue. Of course this is simply the art of building muscle but the body recognizes these worked muscles as injuries and is treating those area’s of my body where I have ripped and torn muscle tissue as an injury.
So, this morning as much as I want to push forward into my scheduled chest routine and give it all I can, I know deep inside that I must allow my immune system uninterrupted time to heal those muscles. Going through another intense routine could be a setup for disaster and we simply cannot have that. No, it would be smart to just elect to take the day off from weight lifting and re-assess tomorrow morning.
So for today I will go to work and stay active but will be mindful that my body is in healing mode and I will allow it the time needed for this process.