Healing happens with rest. When you need to heal, you need to rest.
As I’ve been recovering from straining some ligaments in my foot, I haven’t been exercising very much at all. My yoga practice is not happening because that involves lots of foot work.
I haven’t been huffing and puffing up the hiking trails and the biking I’ve done is pretty tame. I’ve just really wanted to heal completely so I thought I’d give my body some serious time off.
While it has been good AND NECESSARY for healing my foot, the rest of me is really feeling a difference.
I actually feel as if I’m aging–my muscles are tighter and achier than ever.
This goes along with a trend I see as a massage therapist. Most of the people who complain about chronic pain are those who have NOT been exercising.
Today, I got on my mountain bike and could feel my legs burning.
They were gasping for more Oxygen! One of the ratings of an athlete’s ability to utilize oxygen is the VO2max test. When you are fit and efficient, it is high. This means your body has the ability to utilize MORE oxygen. This is so key.
When you keep the capillaries and veins pumping and working and exchanging healthy oxygenated blood on a regular basis, you create a smooth running system–more pathways.
Our bodies are BUILT TO MOVE and when they don’t, they get dry and stiff and uninspired because there is no good stuff rushing through them!
Without the activities that increase the oxygen, we feel stiff, achey, irritable, and less than youthful. In the same way, the synovial fluid in our joints needs to be stimulated to stay lubricated and flexible.
Let this example urge you forth into your life with a desire to move your body.
Keep it moving and enjoy it moving and it will continue to serve you as long as you live and love it fully!
But remember, healing happens with rest, when you need to heal you need to REST!
We need to use our bodies in a way that challenges them. When we just walk through life with no vigorous movement, our bodies feel the lack of life and vitality.
Your body deserves to move.–Simply, oxygen is life and a lack of it is a gasping for breath!
Oh–and the good news is my foot has healed completely and I am back to moving my body with vigor!
Rest is so necessary if you are injured, it is the only time you should NOT move your body.