It’s been an incredibly interesting month for us at LIFT Fitness and Wellness as we observed “Prohibition February” and some of us (pending we make it the next couple days), have rejected the consumption of alcohol. Let’s review a few sexy benefits:

  • Increase/maintenance of protein synthesis or our  “fat burning engine”
  • Decrease in cortisol (a nasty hormone that makes us not want to work out and gain weight)
  • Aids REM (rapid eye movement) cycle (which helps us get to a deep enough sleep to facilitate our bodies ability to recover)

So what do we do with this going into March?  I say our focus should be going towards 3 things:

  1. Reflecting

  2. Resting

  3. Recovery

It’s a good exercise to time reflecting about some of the positive benefits of how you felt this past month.  Did you notice any improvements in workout or mood?  Was work more productive? Was your dependence on alcohol been exposed to you that lead you into possibly trying another month? If not think about why this is such a bad idea and just examine the truth you discover.

As we go into the last month of the first quarter lets dedicate ourselves to the 3 Rs while thinking about this formula:

Work + Rest = Success

To continue to get to the top of your game I suggest you look at your program and dedicate time to both variables. When you feel yourself getting into a rut reject alcohol and not your workout, reject excuses like small aches and pain and embrace planned rest like massage or our classes like Regen or Recover, and reject deprivation and embrace learning about healthy alternatives with nutrition! Keep moving! Keep working! Peace

March 1st, 2013

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