matt grant

taking a rest

Two days on.

Time for a rest.

Sometimes the mind wants you to keep pushing. But the body is telling you otherwise.

I find it difficult to stop. I can always find more training to do. I can always justify it to myself. But sometimes that isn’t what’s needed.

Knowing that you will need to rest can motivate you to work even harder when you have the chance.

And harder doesn’t just mean coming out of every training session feeling like you couldn’t give any more. Harder can also mean making sure you’re working on the right things. It can mean being mindful about what you’re doing. You’ve only got so much work capacity to use. How are you going to spend it?

For me, programming my rest sharpens my focus. I know when I’m going to be taking time off. Two days a week. Minimum. So I’ve got five days to work with. How can I make the most of it? What’s the most efficient way of using that time to achieve what I want to achieve?

Taking a rest doesn’t just mean doing nothing though.

There’s plenty still to be done. I can make sure that when the time comes to try hard, I’m where I want to be.

Soft tissue work. Mobility. Flexibility. Meditation.

Allow all the systems to recover.

Then give it everything.