Work vs Rest
We just got back from the Wisconsin Dells, and our boys LOVED it! Not only did they love it, but Kristin and I genuinely feel restored by it. Why are vacations so important? Why is it that they are so, so important that one of the first things often listed in a job offer is clarification of how much vacation time is immediately offered, and how quickly additional vacation time will be accrued in the future? I’m here to tell you, it’s the same reason why a good coach or trainer will talk to you about rest days as a part of your training schedule. It’s also the same reason why we need a good 6-8 hrs of sleep each night…and maybe even a little afternoon power nap!
When developing an effective training program, you need to schedule rest periods. Depending on your goals, the needed rest time will vary. The average person who wants to lose any significant amount of weight will need to keep up a brisk pace, only resting for 30 or 45 seconds, as needed between exercises, that they ought to be performing as a full-body circuit. Someone with more of a bodybuilding type goal will likely rest for between 45-90 seconds after each super-set (2 exercises performed in a row, before repeating), and a power lifter would be advised to rest for roughly 3 minutes between every single set they perform in order to maximize how much power they can exert!
Rest is also important at work, and even in family life. Whether it’s just taking a few minutes in the evening to unwind before bed, or booking airfare and hotels several months in advance for that desperately needed summer vacation, rest is absolutely essential for your mind, body and spirit. And on an otherwise unrelated note, votes are also essential…if you’re trying to win a popular vote contest, as we happen to be! If while you’re resting this evening, you’d be so kind as to cast your vote for us as “Best Personal Training Facility” in the Best of Omaha contest, we’d sincerely appreciate it. Thank you!
Yours in health,
President & CEO
PS: You can use this link to vote: bestofomaha.com/13472. VOTING END AUGUST 20th.