Sometimes, when I’m hanging with the corporate overlords, Dave emails me photos of what Smudge is doing.
This just in: Smudge (and Dave) would like to remind you that rest is as important to your training success as your workouts.
Remember the time Smudge embraced the Halloween spirit and festooned herself in cobwebs?! She somehow got into the (very creepy) basement of our big Victorian...
Sometimes, when I’m hard at work typing and thinking, or cooking, or just generally trying to get ahead in the world, I take a break...
Speaking of rest… I have a question. Let’s say a person starts Crossfit (like me) and they are 50 (like me) and although they have been relatively active their whole life, but more recreationally than anything else, this Crossfit thing is a pretty big shock to the joints (bursitis) and the old knee surgery…. [here’s the question, finally] Do those aches and pains go away as you push through or does that particular body require more rest between workouts?
I know this an annoying answer, but… you need to pay attention to your body. Sorry! I know! That’s hard advice.
There’s a difference between ache from training and pain from injury, so the first question to ask yourself is if you can tell the difference.
I learned this year that at 43, I need more rest days. I used to do 3-4 workout days in a row, now I do 2, maybe 3, then rest for a day. I’ve found that I still get the positive effects, without running myself into the ground. As you adapt to CrossFit, you may find you can increase your volume or frequency of training, but listening to your body is key.
Smudge is the Recovery Master. He has MASTERED the recovery. We should all take a lesson.
For a creature with such limited brain capacity, Smudge is very wise. Must be the belly!
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