Slightly different post today, but something I find very few athletes, coaches or casual exercisers really do. And yes, I am the most guilty of this...

Rest and recovery is often the most neglected or abused principle of training. How many of us "push through the pain" on a consistent basis? "No pain, no gain" is an outdated saying which we need to get rid of. Seriously.

Now I'm not saying muscle soreness, a few aches and pains here and there should mean taking extra rest days, or an extended break from training or exercise. What I am saying, however, is when you experience pain, take notice.

Pain is your body's way of telling you something's wrong. So, instead of ignoring the problem, take steps to fix it. This may mean some extra rest, or spend some time stretching and mobilising the affected area, or adapting our exercise to avoid aggravating it further. Or go and see a sports masseuse / therapist regularly, they can really help keep you fit and firing on all cylinders. We know a great one --> Kira Mira III

The problem is, it's easier said than done. Here are some things I often say to myself, and what I should tell myself in response:

"What if I don't train today, will I wake up fat tomorrow?" 
--> No, you wont.

"If I don't push hard, what's the point in being here?"
--> Errm, don't be stupid, you don't need to even sweat to have a good workout

"Don't worry, it will ease off in a minute."
--> Yeah... it wont.

"I would do some active recovery, but I don't have time"
--> If you have time to watch YouTube, you have time to stretch

Instead of getting caught up in short-term thinking, try and take a step back and look at the overall picture. An extra rest day in a 12 Week training cycle wont have a negative impact. Lifting less weight wont lead to less "gainz" necessarily, but messing up your hip and not being able to squat probably will.

It's ok to take it easy, it's beneficial to afford yourself some extra rest, and it's vital that you put as much energy into your recovery as you do into your training. You'll thank yourself for it later, I know I will.