Any time we do something a little out of our ordinary, we may need to set aside time to recover. When we push our bodies, we need to give them time to rest and heal.
I chose to take last week off from any intense exercise and give my body a better chance to recuperate. Not only had I run a half-marathon on Sunday (just a week before from yesterday!), but I had done so with a cold, and I was still trying to fight that cold. I had gotten off a plane on Monday and was back at work at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, even though I knew I wasn’t anywhere near functioning at full capacity. As a result, last week was miserable. I was in a funk coming back from vacation, but I also couldn’t focus because I was sick.
This weekend, though, I could feel myself finally improving, and it is now back to waking up early and doing my at-home exercise programs. I can already feel the difference that time off made. It has actually helped motivate me, and exercise is a nice morning confidence boost.
In the past, taking time off to recover from illness meant I beat myself up about how I had been eating, my lack of exercise, or even my appearance. Since I’ve started taking a more structured approach to my health, though, I noticed I don’t do that as much. I am much kinder to myself than I used to be. It’s as if I was waiting to give myself permission to take time to recover.
The truth is, we all need time to recover. When we give ourselves that time, we are stronger when we face the next task or hurdle. Recovery is vital to our health.
And now that I feel recovered, I’m doing a 21 day health and fitness reset. It’s a program I’ve done three times already, but it’s one of my favorites. It’s a go-to after a race because it helps me to recenter on healthy habits instead of saying “I did the thing!” and indulging in an unhealthy way. (If this sounds like something you’d be interested in trying out, be sure to send me a message or sign up for the newsletter!)
Every time I do this program, I learn something about myself, my strength, and my overall health. I’m looking forward to what I will learn this time around post-recovery.
What does your recovery look like?
What is your favorite activity to do to get well or recenter?
What are your health habits like?
What has your health and wellness journey taught you about yourself?