Every time I tell folks in China (or even India, to be honest) that I “work from home” – I’m met with looks of bewilderment.
I mean, how can I just “sit at home” and make money? Weren’t we all taught as kids (and indeed young adults) to not “sit at home” – and “go out to work”?
It never fails to arouse a giggle or two in me when I hear something of this nature (and I’m being kind when I say that!) – and yet, I’d never trade “sitting at home” for an “office job” no matter how much it paid. . .
Anyway, I was discussing this with a friend this morning.
“When are your days off”, she asked.
“Well, I don’t have any days off per se”, I replied. “But then again, I don’t consider what I do to be work either!”
“Oh, yes, you’re right!” she responded. “You only sitting at home, and …!”
Well, snickers aside, it IS my day off today – but not from “work”, of course.
I’ve been hitting it HARD and heavy over the past few days, and I figured today was the right day to take a much deserved rest – or break, if I might term it that way. Listening to your body, and all that ….
And yet, what I do on my days off is the complete opposite of what most folks might imagine.
I’ve written before in the past about active recovery, and NOT simply plonking down on the couch and doing zilch all on your days off.
This morning, I woke up at 7:30 A.M, fresh as a daisy. I took care of a bit of biz – responded to some emails – and then went out for a jaunt in my apartment complex.
Must have walked at least 2 to 3 kms at a leisurely fast pace before it was back home – to the 5th floor, where I live – a climb up to the fifth floor, mind you. No elevators where I’m at, and I prefer it that way!
Took care of a bit more business, and then headed out to the bank – another 2km walk overall, this one done fairly rapidly as well.
Then it was off to lunch, and running errands in the afternoon, all of which involved carrying / walking. Certainly no “lazy Sunday afternoon” around these parts for yours truly!
And now after I finish writing this – I’ll be off for another jaunt in the evening before my “rest” finally commences.
Mind you, I wasn’t feeling the best this morning either. Had a massive headache – sore traps – legs that felt like they’d been beaten to a pulp – all the usual symptoms, and while the normal reaction to this would be “just rest”, I know that doing nothing but sit on my ass all day would be counter productive if anything.
And that applies to you as well ,my friend.
It’s best to do something daily as I’ve ALWAYS maintained. You don’t go for broke daily, but you do SOMETHING daily – – and if you’re sure you need a day off, you take it – but you incorporate ACTIVE recovery into your day as well!
It doesn’t have to be long walks either. You can engage in a light stretching session – or maybe do a 100 pushups (which of course by itself can be a heavy duty workout for many folks).
Something – anything – that keeps the blood flowing, the heart going, and the body MOVING – and strangely enough, you’ll find you not only recover a lot better this way, but you’ll perform a hell of a lot better in your next workout too!
So thats today’s tip. Try it the next time you absolutely must take a “day off from working out”- – and let me know how it goes!
P.S. – Other than active recovery, plenty of other important concepts are mentioned in the 10 Commandments of Physical Success in the System – concepts you owe it to yourself to LEARN – and PRACTICE – on a daily basis. Find out what they are right here – –https://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/