Our health is so very important to being able to accomplish other goals in our lives. I have found that I deal with stress better and am generally more productive when I exercise regularly, get enough sleep and eat a balanced diet. There is no rocket science there, but for some reason it is hard to stay on top of it when we get busy with our lives. Another truth in the health category is that it is much easier to stay in shape than it is to get in shape! It is always a little sad to start training again after I have taken a break. While breaks are good, when we start back it seems like we do a lot more huffing and puffing and get less done. It doesn’t matter if it is lifting weights, running, boxing, aerobics or any other form of exercise it takes a little while to get back to where we left off. So this post is for the people already exercising…don’t quit! Feel free to back off a little, but stay in the game or it will be much harder to get back to later!
Side note about breaks. Back when I was speedskating, I had decided to take some time off from training and racing. For six weeks, I was on my skates every day because I worked at a rink, but other than helping out with the beginner speed skate class, I hadn’t done any racing or training. Then one night a friend asked me to go to a speed skate meet the next day. He needed a partner for the relay. The next day, I got up early and went….and had the best day of the year time wise, and I won the meet. Rest was what I needed…please note that I was still on the skates every day though. We can back off the hard training, but we can’t just sit on the couch and expect to get better. Most off all, don’t forget to have fun with whatever you do. It will be much easier to stick with it if you enjoy it!
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