In our 25 days of fitness today is day 9. My tip for the day is read a book. Why? There is no better way to change your thinking than to read a good motivational inspiring book. I just finished a book called Mind Gym yesterday by Gary Mack and David Casstevens. It was all about going into the mind of an athlete from the perspective of a sports psychologist. It talked about how this psychologist would look at certain situations of athletes and dissected how they think and how he was able to chage their mindset to translate into performing better in their sport. Our minds are a powerful thing and if we don’t work on controlling our thoughts it will travel into our everyday life and effect actions. This is why I love reading books. It helps me develop as a business owner as well as keeping my mind positive to help others in their fitness journey AND keep up with my own. Whatever your goal is, whatever you may struggle with in your journey, find a good book to educate you and maybe just to renew your mind. The most successful people in the world read a lot of books. Try it and see what it does to your mind 😉
When you start or change any exercise program, make sure to schedule in your rest and recovery days. I always tell my clients to listen to their bodies on a daily basis. Sometimes you may work so hard that you forget to figure this in. For any goal that you have, your recovery days are just as important. Depending on how long you have been exercising and your frequency will determine how much time you need to recover. During your programs it is a good thing to take every 3rd day off as a general rule. You can even schedule in active recovery weeks every 3 weeks. This would just be yoga, light runs, or just light workouts where you are still moving but not pushing yourself. Every 3 months it is ok to take a week off to give your body some quality rest time. If you have any of the symptoms below, it may be time to take a breather:
- prolonged muscle soreness
- lack of motivation
- lack of concentration
- tired all the time
- inability to challenge yourself in your workouts
- Unexplained weight gain
Make sure that you are also getting an adequate amount of sleep every night. There is no cut and dry amount of time for everyone in general, but if you find yourself exhausted mid afternoon everyday you may need more sleep.
Keep this balance in your routine and you will be able to enjoy your workouts so much more!