Today is a scheduled rest day in P90X2. I can tell my body needs it, my legs feel “wobbly” as well as sore and my shoulders just feel tired.
I also understand that rest is important. The breakdown of muscle tissue as a result of training takes time to repair and grow. High intensity exercise in the area of strength training includes plyometrics. In the area of cardio, high intensity exercise is defined as working at an intensity of 75 percent or greater of your maximum heart rate for at least twenty minutes.
Both Post Activation Potentiation routines in P90X2 would be defined as high intensity for both these reasons. Rest is necessary after high intensity routines. The recommendations I have seen suggest 24-48 hours rest between such routines for your body to recover. So after two days of P.A.P, I am taking a day off. I may do the stretching and foam roller routine, but I don’t count stretching as exercise (although I know it is also good for me).
So while I know I need the rest, both intellectually and from the way my body feels, I still feel like such a bum when I take a day off. Plus I have to be even more careful regarding my food intake because I don’t get the extra calories for the exercise (thanks, myfitnesspal.com).
Do any of you every feel a little down on off days? (To some, I know that sounds crazy… I would have thought I was crazy for even asking that just a few short months ago.)