That’s right, recover. I could have said lift, or sweat, or strength train, but I didn’t, did I?I choose my words very deliberately when I write and this title isn’t just meant to grab you out of curiosity. Although if it does, hey, whatever gets you reading my stuff is okay by me. I have been training clients for over 10 years now. I have been exercising and trying new training methods for even longer. I know what works. I know what gives you the best results in the least amount of time. I know what transforms your body to that of a sleek, well oiled machine. I know what workouts are a time and energy suck, and I know every myth and fad out there. Why do I point this out? Because even though I know these things, even though I am a fitness professional who not only talks the talk, but walks the walk, it is still so hard for people to just take the information I give and just TRUST it. I have taken the time, through trial and error, to figure out what works the best and I then take that information and share it with you. If it seems too simple, or boring, or cut and dry, to actually work, then be my guest and keep running the rat race. But I have to ask. Aren’t there other things you would rather be doing with your time? Seriously. I used to work out six days a week. I would leave the gym drenched in buckets of sweat. Sometimes, as a fitness instructor, I would exercise twice in one day. Some weeks I would exercise up to twelve hours! And guess what? At one point, with all that time and effort I put in, I was a full size bigger. I cannot say it enough. Stop working “harder” and longer. Work smarter! And then rest. Recover. Regenerate. For the last six weeks I have outlined an exercise program for you to get you started and to help you create a strong foundational base that you can then continue to build upon. This program gives you three strength workouts a week that you can do in the comfort of your own home with minimal equipment. Eventually we added in a fourth workout. And that is it! Four workouts a week. If you seriously challenge yourself in these workouts, do the exercises properly, and eat a well - balanced, nutrient dense diet, then this is all you need. Oh, and you need one other thing. Rest. Lots and lots of rest. Get 7 – 8 hours of sleep every night, and on your days off, don’t exercise. Yes, you read that correctly. So this week, week 7 of your At Home Fitness plan, I want you to NOT exercise. Take the week to rest. Go enjoy your life. Do fun things with your kids. If you have completed the last six weeks of this plan and followed it to the letter, then you have earned this time off. If you care to read about the more technical reasons why rest and recovery are important and beneficial in a workout program, hop over to my Real [Fit] Life page and get the nitty gritty details. Next week we are going to talk nutrition and I will lay out the next step for our At Home Fitness program. So go rest. And better yet, while you are resting, click here to learn why it is probably the most important part of any serious fitness program.
For more from Mamatoga's Fitness Contributor Jeannine Trimboli, check out her blog Real [Fit] Life!