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Rest/Deload weeks.

Updated: Jan 19, 2023

Slightly different post this week. I’ve had a week off exercise this week due to a flare up of previous back issues. I’ve spent the week resisting the urge to get in the gym and just try a wee work out or get out for ‘just a short run’.

If you’ve been enjoying training and making good progress it can be hard to come to terms with having to pull things back for a while. This can happen either due to niggling injuries or just stressful life events impacting routines. The purpose of this post is to say it’s ok to do this! Missing training for a week or two is not the end of the world. It doesn’t undo all the great progress you have made so far.

During these weeks it can be helpful to focus on the areas you can still work on, such as:

😴 sleep. Try and still get your 7-9 hours.

🚶🏻‍♀️ movement. Try and still keep as active as you can and if injury allows get those steps in. Maybe use the time you would have been in the gym to go for a walk.

🧘🏻‍♀️ stretching. Some gentle stretching is great for injuries and relaxing the mind.

🥦 nutrition. Try and keep an eye on what you’re eating and if possible cram those fruit and veggies in.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👧. Spend time with friends and family, if you’re missing the opportunity training gives to de-stress chatting to friends is a good outlet.

Keep in contact with your trainer, keep going with check ins and they can help you make plans to get back to it when you’re ready.

For those in deload or rest weeks. Take it easy and looking forward to seeing you back soon 😎

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