EDITORíS NOTE: Lydia Livingston, a senior at Waxahachie Global High, will be writing an ongoing column as she pursues her goals of becoming more physically fit.
This week has been good. After about three months of working hard in the gym, I got to enjoy a recovery week.
It wasnít actually intentional to get this past week off, and I didnít really get permission from my personal trainer, Daniel Ortiz, until it was Saturday, but it worked out.
According to Daniel, whoís based out of the Lordís Gym in Waxahachie, itís important that everyone Ė everyday Joes and pro athletes alike Ė takes a week to let muscles rest and recuperate after working hard for eight to 12 weeks and peaking out.
When I say rest and recuperation, I do not mean sitting around doing nothing for a week and eating whatever you please.
You need to stay active with leisurely activities, like walking, sports, or some light jogs, just not at the intensity you normally would go, and still be conscious of what foods you are consuming.
For example, even though I didnít go to the gym this week, I stayed busy by doing school events, soccer practice and volleyball with friends, and I didnít change my eating habits, aside from the cupcakes at Quest Fest (at my school, Waxahachie Global High) that is.
Another reason it is important to take weeks like this is so you can continually get better.
Daniel attributes taking recovery weeks as one of the major reasons he has been able to do train for more than 20 years.
He says that if you continue to work out without stopping, it gets harder for your body to stay at 100 percent, and pretty soon you are just maintaining, rather than progressing.
I know that after having this week off, I feel a lot better and think that the upcoming workouts will be a lot more productive.
Danielís Tip of the Week: Find something you like to do and do it. Youíre more likely to continue working out if you do something you enjoy, whether itís boxing, Pilates or a spin class, than if you try forcing yourself to do something you hate, like lifting weights. Find something you can be passionate about.
Lordís Gym in Waxahachie. He also trains with Larry North. He can be reached via his website at www.daofreestyle.com.
Lydia Livingston is a senior at Waxahachie Global High School and a newsroom intern with the Daily Light. She is also a member of the Kernowstorm 94 Girls soccer team.