Starting Up – Yet Again

by DavalosMcCormack on October 27, 2010

Going on holiday is fun. Except for the fact that you know you’ll pay for it when you get back. The first day back at work is spent catching up on the phone calls and emails that piled up while you were gone (although it’s amazing how many issues are resolved without you ever having had to do anything – I am not sure if that’s good or bad!) so by day two back in the office you feel like “Holiday? What holiday?”

And it’s not just the office either. Getting back into your workout routine is equally tough. Even if you exercise regularly taking a few weeks off can mean it takes another couple of weeks just get back into the routine, and to get your body feeling that it can handle it.

Recently we went to New Mexico for a week. We were pretty active while we were there, doing lots of walking, a few hikes, even going on a two hour horse back ride through the countryside. So it’s not as if we were slouching off, lounging around the pool with drinks that had umbrellas in them. Even so, first day back at the gym once we got home was tough. The morning after was even harder. Everything ached!

You would think that after exercising on a regular basis for month after month, year after year, that your body would be conditioned enough to be able to take a few weeks off without going to pot, but apparently not.

I have accepted that fact – albeit reluctantly – and have learned to ease back into the workout routine. First day back I do things at around 75% of my normal activity level – whether it’s on the treadmill or lifting weights. Next day I raise it a bit, the day after a bit more so that by the end of the first week I’m pretty much back to normal.

It’s recognition I suppose that you can’t take the benefits of exercise for granted, even just for a few weeks, that it’s something you need to keep doing for the rest of your life if you want to continue reaping the benefits.

That doesn’t mean I’m not going to go on holiday or that I’m going to bring my workout clothes along with me on vacation – I’m not that big a fanatic and I also think that it’s good to give your body a rest once in a while – what it does mean is that I know coming back I’m going to have to ease back into the routine, so I don’t shock my body.

Now if only I could get my boss to allow me to apply the same approach to easing back into my job!

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