Work and Rest

by johnandterri

20141014-Arzua-Santiago-314-2I have an app on my phone that I use when I exercise at the gym. It is a simple app that gives me an audio cue to start working and when to stop.It also cues me to begin my rest and when to return back to work. You can set the amount of time you work and rest. I started using this exercise technique when I learned about how effective this work/rest exercise routine can be for your health. You work out as fast as you can for 30 or 40 seconds and then you rest for 20 to 30 seconds (to catch your breath) and then you repeat this over and over. The research on improving your cardio fitness shows that this technique is more effective than a workout where you work at a steady slower rate for 30 minutes without rest.

When I was working out at the gym this week, I was thinking about how this work/rest routine as it related to our Camino walk. The one thing that Terri and I would like to have done differently in our planning for the Camino was to have a schedule that gave us a better  work/rest cycle. We found that we did not give ourselves enough time to walk the Camino and we were forcing ourselves into longer days of walking and not getting enough rest. Our booked flight home set our schedule and we did not rest enough each week.

“Rest is an essential enzyme of life, as necessary as air. Without rest, we cannot sustain the energy we need to have life.” (Sabbath, by Wayne Muller). I love this quote. It is one we all need to remember. Work hard but remember rest is vital and as necessary to us as the air we breathe.