The reason for this blog is to try and help the many, many (most in fact) people that I see and speak to on a daily basis as a health and fitness coach (and the rest of you out there) that are making a simple mistake and sabotaging their hard work in the gym.
The vast majority of people I speak to about their methods of creating the health and fitness goals they seek, very seldom think about the downtime they need to plan in to their ‘workouts’ in order to continue to progress and ensure they don’t burn out.
It happens time and again where you see a guy or girl making great gains in the gym. They’re losing body fat, gaining muscle and feeling great. Then, all of a sudden they drop off the map! I might not see them again for a couple of months and when they come back they have lost all of the benefits of their hard work!
This particularly happens with the college students I see, and coincidentally, usually happens at the time of exams, or thesis deadlines.
So whats going on?
Well, its pretty simple really. You; your body; your system, only has a finite capacity for producing energy, and a finite capability to continue producing the same stress hormones that you keep ‘asking’ for.
Sooner or later, like the battery on your car with the alternator disconnected, you are going to run out of juice!
This can result in fatigue, inability to concentrate, sleep disruption, muscle wasting, increased body fat storage, reduced sex drive, and increased likelihood of getting sick.
It is a massively important part of any workout plan to know when you are going to make time for a reduction in workout volume/intensity, and to adopt a strategy of energy cultivation.
One great way of cultivating energy that I learned while spending time with Paul Chek, is some basic Tai Chi, or Qi Gong exercises. The point of these exercises is that you are concentrating on simple, flowing movements that are timed with the natural rhythm of your breathing. I have uploaded a video of me doing my Tai-Chi Ruler exercise on the beautiful Santa Monica Beach.
As you can see, the movement is so simple yet very effective and a great way to start your day! Find a quite place to practice this movement for 20 minutes each morning and you will be surprised how much better you feel!
As always, let me know if you have any questions.