It’s a cloudy one here today in Costa Rica.
Nice and cool.
Makes for a nice change from the 100 degree temperatures we’ve been having EVERY-SINGLE-DAY.
Sorry, I’m not complaining 🙂
Funny, when it’s too hot, we want the rain.
And when it’s too rainy, we want the sun.
The problem is the word “too” – it means different things to different people.
Our kettlebell workouts are like that as well.
What’s too hard for one person may be too easy for another.
And that’s where the “Missing Workout Ingredient” comes into play.
What is it?
This isn’t what you think – so hear me out.
Just like we need rest from the sun – rain – and rest from the rain – sun, we also need to factor in REST into our workouts.
Most of us like to see how much work we can do.
Me especially. I’m a work-a-holic.
But more work doesn’t necessarily mean you’re more productive – that you see more results.
It only means you did more work.
With our workouts – the KEY to seeing success – i.e. RESULTS – is to remember the following:
For example, our Rottweiler puppy, Phife, has finally found his stride with his sleep schedule…
…He’s made it all the way through the night without waking up for the past couple of weeks getting up consistently around 5:30am.
As a result – both Rozanne and I took some well-deserved naps this weekend.
Rozanne has started losing weight again, with virtually no change in eating habits. (Literally 5 pounds in the space of a week and she looks great.)
I asked her what she thought it was and she said it was sleep – being able to get enough sleep – i.e., REST.
How does that work, you ask?
Well did you know that scientific studies into sleep have revealed that we need AT LEAST 7 hours of sleep each night?
I’ve reviewed about a dozen sleep studies on the connection between lack of sleep and fat loss/gain and here are the common results of people sleeping less than 7 hours…
- Cortisol levels increased along with overall weight gain
- Increased insulin resistance, making carbohydrate digestion more difficult
- Appetite for sugars increased
- Inhibition regarding food choices decreased – so people were more likely to give into their sugar cravings
Interesting stuff, huh?
How ’bout you?
How much sleep are you getting?
How much rest and recovery are you planning into your kettlebell workout routines?
If you’ve stopped seeing the results you’re looking for you may be a prime candidate for more rest and recovery.
So instead of looking to do more work, see what happens when you do less.
If you’re stressed out and running around ragged cause of your job or your kids, then you only need to be working out 3-4 days a week (with some nice, easy EVERYDAY STRENGTH: Daily walking in the mornings)
No more – regardless if they help you with your stress levels or not.
Get more rest and your stress levels will melt away.
So that means either more sleep, or less time working out so your body can recovery.
And that means working out SMART.
These programs allow you to get your workouts done in an unimaginably short period of time each week leaving you time to de-stress and rest.
So, remember, no rest and recovery, no results.
At least not the positive ones you’re looking for.
Have an awesome day,