We talk about stress and recovery all the time here at CFSR, and the folks at Whole 9 have a written a great piece on it: “Are Your Recovering, or Are You Just Resting?” Look, exercise is a stressor. The proper type and amount of it is good for you if your sleep, diet and other lifestyle factors (kids? stressful job?) are in line to support your recovery and adaptation to it. Ah, this is a big topic. Read the article, and bring us your questions. We’re here to help you get and stay healthy.
3 quotes from the article, to get you warmed up:
“An appropriate “dose” of physical stress provokes a positive adaptation in your body (you get fitter), but dosing progressively larger and larger amounts of exercise can be seriously detrimental to your health.”
“Merely taking a day or two off from exercise when you’re feeling overtrained (or All Banged Up) is, to put it bluntly, the slacker’s version of “recovery.” ”
“You don’t get fitter when you are training. Whether you CrossFit, or Zumba, or swing kettlebells, or run marathons… you get fitter when you are recovering from that training.” [Our friend Andy from the Sebastopol days used to call recovery days his "Grow Days" - thanks for that concept Andy!]
Please read the article. This is really important stuff for any of you training here, whether your goal is athletic performance, weight loss or general health.
For additional reading, check out “9 Things to Do When You’re All Banged Up“. One of them? Eat more vegetables!