I'd appreciate a bit of feedback on taking a week off. Here's the scenario...
Last time I exercised regularly, I was the 'work through anything type' - whether it was cardio when I was losing weight, training for half marathons or weight training, I would train regardless of how I felt and just make myself keep going. I trained through illness and injury when I probably should have rested and while it's great to know that I have the mental strength to do that, I am well aware that it is rather obsessive, and can do more harm than good. Part of it is fear that if I don't go to the gym, miss even just one of my 5 scheduled sessions a week, it will all fall apart and I won't go back (illogical and unreasonable I know), which is a mind-set I'm trying to change.
So, after 18 months or so off from any sort of exercise I got back to weight training at the beginning of this year. This time, I am trying to do things the right way both nutrition-wise, and training-wise, and listen to my body. After 3 weeks I found I was feeling exhausted and lost focus - so I took a week off (very hard for me) and then got back into things. Now, I've done another 3 weeks training and find myself once again exhausted and in need of a week off, so I'm taking this week off.
I eat well (2000 calls a day when training, 1800 on these weeks off - aiming to cut body fat), take a multivit, fishoil etc and other than arthritis and asthma am fundamentally healthy. I train on a 5-day split which I enjoy - have previously done 3 day full body workouts but didn't find that as beneficial. I don't sleep well when I'm training for some reason, so the build up of lack of sleep is certainly part of it, but I'm hoping that will improve with time.
What I'm really looking for, I guess, is an independent opinion as to whether taking every fourth week off is okay or if it's going to severly limit my progress? I know it will slow things, but I'd rather take the time off if I need to (although the little voice telling me to get my arse out there regardless is pretty loud!). Has anyone else had experience of this and if so, did you find you could go longer between breaks as time went on?
Thanks in advance for any advice.
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