Yesterday, in my post partially titled “I Need to Rest a Bit” I went a little into how and why I needed to take a break of sorts. It was about exertion, and too much to do – but realistically trying to do too much. It’s the sort of thing that one usually associates with physical exertion, but is equally valid with creative exertion. Cross-training, in either field, by switching exercise routines, like from cardio to stretching to strength – or creatively, in art, from say oils to acrylics to watercolors to digital – helps. But there’s limits to that too (see my 2011 post, Does Cross Training = Recovery Time? — My Yoga-to-Dance aha! Moments! – # 4) . Sometimes rest is, well, the only thing one may really need right then.
So what’s that got to do with my reblog of Dr. Mirkin’s timely-article-for-me got to do with all that, lol? 😏
Well..the good doctor offers a very sensible doable overview of how to proceed within one’s exercise routines whether biking or swimming (and of course even in fitness class).
It’s the kind of detailed examples to help one gauge and consciously adjust one’s exertion levels during active routines (though from experience the same appears true during yoga with its own areas of exertion).
My own thoughts are – learning to listen to one’s body, monitoring our own exertions, adjusting those exertions, allows us to continue much longer, more effectively, and with more safety, than merely pushing through, forcing ourselves beyond what should be a routine, not an emergency.
As Dr Mirkin says in his detailed but not too long article –
You recover by going at a slow pace for as long as it takes for your muscles to feel fresh again. There is no advantage to time-limiting your recoveries.Dr Mirkin https://www.drmirkin.com/fitness/too-much-exercise.html
Thanks so much everyone! Stay well! 😊
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