Day 26 – As much as my mind dreams about the good ole days when I was thinner & quicker, my body needs a lot more rest these days. I’ve never been a heavy or long sleeper, buy now I find myself going to bed earlier so I can still get up at 4 AM every day. Doing that requires a more strategic choice of workout times.
On days like today, following a major workout session yesterday, a morning gym time is pretty much out of the question. Add to that systemic soreness and I wondered if I’d even feel like doing anything today.
So, I went to my new fallback. . .you guessed it, extensive stretching. It keeps me from getting stiff, it works out a lot of the muscle kinks, and allows increased circulation to relieve the nasty soreness.
It’s certainly not exactly the same as going to the gym and stretching on the mats, but it’s close. In some ways it may even be better. I don’t feel rushed, all the equipment is always at my disposal at home, and I can stretch multiple times a day without going out the door.
That’s been a big adjustment for me because my mind says you can only do gym work in a gym. I really do know better. It’s a mind game, for sure.
For now, I’m going to take a nap. . .before I go to bed. That’s what old people do.