Photo credit: on vacation
For the last few months I have been more active then I have ever been in my entire life, except maybe when I first joined the Marine Corps 20+ years ago. My focus has been more on what I can do to give the people in my class a good workout, balancing what we do from one day to the next and from week to week to ensure that we work every muscle and to include every aspect of fitness into every class, including flexibility, endurance, strength, etc.
While focusing on what to give them I have been giving myself that and then some. I am in the process of getting my Dive certification, I spend a lot of time in the pool or the ocean with the kids and I've been Kayaking at least once a week. There there are the walks/runs with the dog and playing soccer. WOW. Reading all this seems overwhelming but I have truly enjoyed everything I've been doing.
Until the day before my departure to the states-- on VACATION -- I was in high workout mode. Teaching 7 classes a week, swimming, diving, running, walking and biking with the kids. It's been one heck of a ride. One would think I was already on vacation with all the activities going on in our lives. But no, that's just everyday life. I kind of like the idea of feeling like I'm on vacation when I'm just living life one day at a time, sort of like feeling like my job is not really work because I'm having fun.
So this week I have been on super recovery mode and this came at a perfect time. I usually plan to continue my workout routines when I'm on vacation but I chose this week to not exercise at all. In fact the only exercise consisted of cooking, eating, drinking, and chasing down my toddler. Not overdoing it and definitely keeping it as healthy as one can but enjoying every bit of every day. Just before leaving I was experiencing a pain in my left forearm, not sure what it is or was because while resting the pain has gone away. Same thing with my right and left knees. Over training? Possibly. I need to re-evaluate what I'm doing and when so that I can avoid these issues.
I strongly recommend recovery time for everyone, not only because it's good for your body and mind, but also a good way to reassess the current routine and make adjustments that will improve ones physique without injury.
Everyone, go exercise, eat well and recover!