NaNoWriMo Chapter 4: Training Daily

Training daily doesn’t mean you workout every day. Training daily means every day contributes to your training plan. Depending on how you’ve started to implement this Fitness Novel I’m writing in November, you are probably due for a rest.

So take it.

But when you rest it’s important to understand why (and how) you’re resting. You’re resting because you’ve trained hard. You’ve stressed the body in an appropriate way such that the stimulus (training) will produce an advantageous adaptation: you’ll get more fit. You’ll improve your health. You’re bettering yourself. But just like a sponge can only hold so much water before it’s maxed out, your body can only work so hard before it needs a rest. In my experience five days of workouts per week are the max for most people. If you’re at 3-4, you’re in a good place. One goal I try to make for myself and my clients is never take two days off in a row.

To rest doesn’t mean to fully let loose. You still need to eat healthy. You still need to get 7-8 hours of sleep. You still need to keep your stress under control. Remember, you’re training daily. But on days when there’s no workout scheduled, stay in tune with your body. Is it capable of living an active day? Is it fueled and rested? Is it getting ready to work hard tomorrow?

Those are my thoughts. What are yours?

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