438 million: at is the number of vacation days Americans failed to take last year according to Harris Interactive Research Group, which is more than any other industrialized nation. Here’s the result: America ranks #1 in depression, #1 in mental health problems; Americans are experiencing burnout, reduced productivity and diminished creativity, failed relationships, stress or stress related ailments that lead to depression, heart disease or stomach ulcers at record levels. A study of 12,000 men found that infrequent vacationers were 50% more likely to die of a heart attack than frequent vacationers. A study of 1,500 women found that those who took vacations twice a year were half as likely to be depressed as those who took a vacation every 2-5 years. Our entrenched conditioning on being judged on how much we work or the fear of being replaced or left behind, and our addiction to always being busy are not only destroying our mental and physical health, but also destroying our creative productivity. is is especially true in our new global economy where our advantage and our future is as knowledge workers rather than laborers. Your future lies between your ears—your mind and your ability to think: creatively, innovatively and productively.
Rest and recovery are vital to looking and feeling your best. Sadly, the need for recovery is viewed as a weakness rather than as an integral aspect of growth and sustained performance in our society. The reality is that we become at liners mentally, emotionally and physically by endlessly spending sufficient energy without recovery. We slowly wear down and become ineffective regardless of seeming massive movements.
During the 1960s, Russian scientists resurrected a concept that was written in training manuals for Greek athletes in 200 AD. This concept was applied to their Olympic athletes with stunning results. The formulas involve work vs. rest ratios. Theses studies concluded that following a period of activity, the body must replenish fundamental, biomechanical sources of energy. It is called compensation, which states, “The more activity the more rest is needed.” If you don’t get the rest and recovery you need, long-term toxins build up inside of us. With over-training and overworking, we burn out and eventually
collapse or get very sick. Recovery is a vital component to the MaxStrength Fitness program and a primary reason for getting results in a fraction of the time most people spend in the gym.
I know it is ridiculous that I may have to tell you how to actually do it, but for a lot people they need some help!
1. Reframe it. Instead of calling it time o and thinking we areslackers, reframe it as Rejuvenation Time. This sounds more purposeful and meaningful doesn’t it. I know this is self-mental manipulation, but we’ll take whatever works!
2. Schedule it. What gets scheduled gets done! It’s just like any other critical appointment; you have to plant your time off flag on your calendar. Then you have to defend it like you would a meeting with the Queen or the President! It becomes an unmovable appointment. Then also, like a meeting with the Queen or the President, get completely off the grid. Turn off your email; turn off your “crackberry” and your iPhones, iPads, etc…
3. Declare it. Don’t feel guilty or try to keep it a secret. It will be far more productive if you lead by example and show others how to make rejuvenation part of your overall health plan. Then set expectations and communicate your schedule. You’ll be amazed at how the world will reorganize itself around your time o spaces, whether it’s for two hours or for two weeks.
Begin your Rejuvenation Time–
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