November 4, 2012

CrossFit Rest Day Do's and Don'ts




Sunday is a rest day for yours truly but I always find myself more restless than restful. I think that is the curse of CrossFit. You get addicted to the competition and adrenaline rush so it becomes difficult to actually relax and your days off. The trick is finding ways to stay active but not overdo it. Your body needs the recovery time that a rest day brings but laying around on the couch all day isn't good for you either. CrossFitters are notorious for overdoing it so with that in mind, here are some "do's" and "don'ts" for rest days.




1. Don't run:  Seriously. Do you know how often I hear CrossFitters talk about the 5 mile "light run" they took on a rest day? Are you mental? Keep in mind that I am run-adverse to begin with but running a long distance on a rest day is just flat out dumb. Most of the movements in Crossfit are centered around your legs so exhausting them on a rest day makes no sense. The obvious exception to this rule is if you are running from a jealous boyfriend or husband. Also run in a zig zag pattern. It makes you harder to hit. So I hear.....

2. Don't binge eat: You shouldn't "treat yourself" with food. You are not a dog. Well most of you anyway and it will catch up to you the following day. I'm not preaching here. This is experience talking. Many a rest day pizza has screwed my following day WOD. If you have to treat yourself with something like a dog, make it a tummy rub. Those things are awesome....

3. Stretch & foam roll: Stretching is vital to recovery. I usually feel like I have been beaten with a sock filled with soap bars the day after a WOD and stretching can relieve a lot of that soreness. Foam rolling will also get to those trouble spots and make you feel infinitely better. I love my foam roller. Her name is Sally. Sally kicks ass.....

4. Go for a walk: I prefer to do my walking at the mall. First, you don't get wet and dirty like you would at the metro parks this time of year. Also, you can go to the food court and remind yourself why you workout as hard as you do. Americans are fat. God Bless America....

5. Plan out your week: Rest day is the perfect time to plan out your meals for the week. You can use your "Non-WOD" time to prepare and package your food for the week which will prevent future cheating and save you tons of time later. Don't put this one off. Procrastination is like masturbation. It's a lot of fun until you realize you just f*cked yourself.

Now go rest d*mn it!


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