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This blog is dedicated to the low-carb menu challenge presented by Jimmy Moore. I'm living the Louisiana low carb lifestyle, where low-carb is the new way to go ! I live southwest of New Orleans, Louisiana....have three awesome kids. We are deep down in the heart of sweet Cajun Country, where we kick back and relax, go hunting, fishing, or make groceries! My doctor told me that my blood pressure numbers were getting too high, so I had to loose weight. She challenged me with ten pounds in three months. That was October 7, 2008. I lost 26 pounds !!! In February of 2011, I found that I had gained a few pounds more than I would have liked, weighing in at 170 pounds. I had to get back into the swing of living the low carb life again !! I am loving the 'low-carb' style and wish to contiue it . I exercise three times a week at the gym, and off the 'off' days, I learn to RELAX !! November 2011, finds me in different circumstances -- a new lifestyle, great community of friends and a challenge to keep that 45 pounds that I lost OFF. Feel free to read my blog, browse around, or just sit a spell!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The 4-letter word people need to do the Most !!!

Throughout my Low-carb journey, people will tell me what activities they have done, how often and on which days.  More often than not, the days are consecutive.  This astounds me !  As much thought that is given to planning your exercise -- how much thought is given for your REST ?? Yes ! REST, that dirty four letter word that people leave on the shelf and forget to dust off.  Do you know that for people who are active, it is much harder to rest than to exercise ?

If you've hit a wall in your training, maybe it’s because you aren't giving the gains enough time to take hold. Hard workouts tear down the body, but rest allows the body to repair and come back stronger than before.

What's also important is how your measure fatigue. Is it at the first sign of sweat ? If that is the case then I suppose I'm fatigued the first five minutes I do an RPM (spin) class !! We sweat till it's in our
ears, down our elbows and on the floor.  (OK, essentially we make our own splash zone.)

There are many forms of recovery. The one you are probably most familiar with is active recovery. Active recovery refers to engaging in low-intensity exercise during or after workouts. There are two forms of active recovery. One is during the cool-down phase immediately after a hard effort or workout. Active recovery immediately after the event encourages recovery and reduces muscle lactate levels faster than complete rest.

The second form of active recovery includes the day(s) following a competition or other intense workout. For example, I will Bodyflow on Sunday and Monday. On Tuesday,  RPM (Spin), and Bodypump (weightlifting). Wednesday is my REST day.  Thursday is Bodypump.  Friday or Saturday will be my REST day. 

Other forms of recovery include stress reduction, sleep, nutrition and hydration, supplements, cold and heat, home remedies, massage, self-massage, restorative yoga, and meditation and breathing.

In my Got Independence ? Blog, I encouraged yall to write down when you exercised. Now, I encourage you to write down when you REST.  Doing nothing, Nada.   Don't even think about the dirty laundry, putting out the trash or watching TV.  Find a comfy spot, close your eyes and connect with your inner self.  GOT REST ?

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