Posts Tagged ‘recovery’

Know When to Say When

November 6, 2014

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When it comes to exercise, more is not always more. I, like many of us, worry that skipping a day will slow my progress. I go hard most days,and I am well read enough to know that the real change occurs during recovery. I always take one full day off from the gym each week; sometimes two. During those days I walk as much as I can, and try to be active, without actually working out.
When I left my cycling class on Tuesday, I was drained. I followed it up with a Pilates mat class, which served to loosen up and stretch out some of the muscles that were screaming for relief. I vowed that Wednesday would be my active recovery day.
Fast forward to Tuesday evening, when a broken pipe in our building started flooding the studio.
Plumbers arrived late that night and after a lot of banging and some nasty sewage odors, deemed our water off limits.
Wednesday morning arrived and every muscle in my body was sore.  I was moving at a snail’s pace. Without the use of the kitchen or bathroom, I sauntered off to my oasis: the gym.
I figured that as long as I was there, I might as well do something. After an hour of weight training and some foam rolling, I hit the shower. I was dehydrated and hungry which didn’t exactly help my situation.
That evening, we had an event to go to. While we said we would have a quick glass of wine, shake some hands and leave, we ended up staying for few hours, standing in high heels on marble floors.
By the time we left, my legs and my back and shoulders were screaming. It was too late for dinner, and I ended the day with unhealthy snacks.
Like a zombie on auto pilot, I hit my cycling class this morning. Despite being tired,sore and not so well fueled, I took a few Advil and pushed through. Since returning,I have finally given in to the exhaustion.
The moral of this not so short story? LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! Pushing past it yesterday didn’t do my any favors. My performance at the gym today was subpar and my productivity this afternoon is well below that. Muscles and minds need a little reprieve to reboot and power back up. Overworking any of those can lead to burn out or injury.
Powering through a tough workout is often mind over matter. When the discomfort sets in, we need to convince ourselves to keep going unless we feel ill or injured. But by the same token, we need to know when to say “when.”
Tomorrow,without a doubt, is a recovery day.

photo: Glasshouse Images

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Ready or Not, Here I Come!

February 20, 2013

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After 13 weeks of nursing a fractured knee, I am ready to go forth gently to the gym.

It isn’t going to be easy. I lack the strength and muscle tone that I once had just mere months ago, and no longer have the aerobic stamina to push through my grueling cardio intervals.

I know I need to start slowly, but the warrior woman in me is going to need to be tamed to avoid over doing it.

I have worked my way up to enough exercises in the last 6 weeks of physical therapy to be able to go it alone.

Stay tuned, as I work my way back to strong and fit in the hallowed halls of Equinox.

Photo: Glasshouse Images

Forgiveness

January 22, 2013

john-galliano-pictureTwo years ago, acclaimed fashion designer John Galliano saw his world crumble. The designer was dismissed from his roles as the head designer of Christian Dior, as well as his own eponymous label, after a series of alcohol fueled, anti-sematic rants in a Paris café.

Not only did his employers turn against him, but retailers refused to carry his merchandise, and celebrities who previously coveted his clothing spoke of him with disdain. He also lost his “Chevalier of the Legion of Honor”, a highly prestigious title in France.

The designer has been off the radar for last two years, presumably working on his sobriety.

This week, in a controversial move, the disgraced designer begins a three week, “designer in residency” with Oscar de la Renta.

Mr. de la Renta is quoted as saying, “ John has worked hard on his recovery, and I am happy to give him the opportunity to reimmerse himself in the world of fashion and reacclimate in an environment where he has been so creative.”

Galliano has also issued a statement stating. “ I am an alcoholic. I have been in recovery for the last 2 years. Several years prior to my sobriety, I descended into the madness of the disease. I said and did things, which hurt others, especially members of the Jewish community. I have expressed my sorrow privately and publicly for the pain which I caused, and I continue to do so. I remain committed to making amends to those I hurt.”

People make mistakes, and certainly Mr. Galliano made his share of them. His behavior was beyond contempt. Yet, he is an immense talent, who deserves a chance to redeem his poor behavior and find his way in the world again.

Forgiveness is a powerful thing, and Mr. de la Renta is making a grand and generous gesture to a peer and competitor.

The Anti-Defamation League also approves of Mr. de la Renta’s extraordinary move. The League’s national director told WWD,“ We believe that individuals can change their hearts and minds as long as they demonstrate true contrition. Mr. Galliano has worked arduously in changing his worldview and dedicated a significant amount of time to researching, reading and learning about the evils of anti-Semitism and bigotry. Along his journey to recovery, he met with us on numerous occasions. He has accepted full responsibility for his previous remarks, and understands that hurtful comments have no place in our society.”

We applaud Oscar de la Renta for opening his heart and his studio to a fellow designer. Mr. de la Renta’s actions speak louder than the hurtful words Mr. Galliano spoke to trigger his epic fall from grace. We hope that he is recovered and can use this incredible opportunity to rebuild his life, and his career. Talent such as his should not be wasted.
We wish them both the best.


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