Okay, something I don’t see much of so I thought I’d start a thread. Here are my basic thoughts (and the impetus for this thread is a cold of indeterminate effect . . . I’m not 100% but not dead yet):
I tend to think of fitness as requiring 3 “legs” to stand on.
Of the three, the one I don’t have a good plan for is the rest/recovery phase. I tend not to get that much sleep during the week.
So what are some of the things folks do to maximize this? I think, for starters, I think I need to focus on a couple more things:
1) Sufficent sleep. 7 hours is probably not enough (and that’s just rack time, not actual sleep time, though I do fall asleep pretty quick).
2) Pay more attention to the soft tissue things, like rolling around on my foam roller, etc..
3) Active rest days. Doing something on “rest” days besides figuring how many beers I can have and stay on the zone . . . (7.5 if you’re asking . . . ).
That’s a good question. I found that you just have to set a hard time to go to bed. Typically you will know that you are kind of tired but you push through because you want to keeping doing whatever activity, reading, watching tv, gaming, hanging with friends ect. Most people think its lame to say, “sorry got to go to bed” when it’s 9pm or even 10pm, as well as feeling like your missing out on something. You have to set that time aside and like when you first got into working out, its changing or building a routine. It takes time. Typically 2-3 cycles of REM sleep are recommended, ie, 7 1/2 hrs to 9 hrs of sleep. It also doesnt really matter when you set it aside, but remember humans are daytime creatures and working or staying up at night isn’t kind to your body. It takes a full seven days of a normal day time schedule to recover your body from one all nighter. I garauntee that your body is telling you when your tired, especially if you are hitting the WOD hard and throwing more on top of that through work or other workouts. It’s just getting your butt between the sheets. Just do it.
What doesn’t work: —too much driving —not enough activity on “off” days. I don’t sleep if I don’t do anything active —hot baths —metcon late in the evening - I’ll sleep well but then wake 4 hours later and can’t go back to sleep. So in my ideal world, I’d be able to workout at lunchtime.
What works —consistent yoga practice. I sleep much deeper. —spending time outdoors in the evening —weekends
Consistency is a big part of the equation, with children as well as adults, you just have to follow the schedule and stop whatever activity it is. (and really is world of war craft any more important than watching Mulan one more time?) You’ll probably lose weight because you won’t be having that late night snack, which is usually our bodies way of saying I’m running down-carbs or sleep which is it going to be?
Shark like you and your wife,
For Jeff and I late night is our time together so we can’t really skip it
often on the computer til 930 or 10..then need some down time- it is a solid 6 for us and only bout 1 sunday a month do we get 8
sometimes.. ( no early soccer games, certs or wrestling matches)
I know how much better I feel if I get 8 even once a week- it is an amazing difference in mood.
So we have handled this inability to get enough sleep at night by trying to sneak in a few naps during the week.
It helps but is not a complete remedy.
I’m trying to get a full 8 hours lately and feel great when I do. But it’s the exception rather than the rule. The nights I get 6-well, I rely on lot’s of Peet’s coffee the next day, which sets me up for a horrible night’s sleep. And so the cycle goes.
But at least I get to see my wife for a few minutes without the distractions of the day. That makes it worth it.