Hitting the Wall

This past weekend I hit the wall from pure exhaustion. You all have heard “hit the wall” with marathons but you can have the same feeling without running a marathon. As we all try to be super humans, working out 6 days a week, work long hours can make you exhausted. When you hit the wall, your body is telling you it is time to take a real rest. One day doing nothing can rejuvenate the muscles and energy that will give you a spring in your step and workouts.

Another way to tell you are exhausted is with your resting heart rate. When your resting heart rate is elevated, 10+ points from your baseline, this is sign that you are: over training; totally exhausted; getting or will be injured.

When your body says stop, then it is time to stop to rest. Your body will appreciate it.

My clients say the funniest things during their appointments. John always has funny names for exercises, here a couple from last week:

  • Exercise: Side Raise on 1 leg, John’s name: Big Bird
  • Exercise: 1 leg Deadlift, John’s name: Sipping Bird

Published by Pam Houck

Work in the health industry as personal trainer, running and multi-sport coach. As an athlete with celiac disease and asthma, I don't let it limit me to compete in road races and triathlons.

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