The Importance Of “Deloading” In Life

By: Tyler Tompson

 

I recently downloaded an audiobook titled, Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss and let me tell you, it is awesome! The book includes countless tips and lessons about physical, mental, and emotional health, leadership, routines, and world-class habits and tactics from some of the brightest and most successful people in the world. I could write about a hundred different things from this book, but one that I listened to the other day specifically stood out.

 

If you are familiar with strength or athletic training, then you probably know what the term “deloading” means. Deloading, defined by Tim Ferriss, is, “A planned reduction in exercise volume or intensity… referred to as the unloading week and is often inserted between phases or periods.” Ferriss goes on to quote Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, “The purpose of this unloading week is to prepare the body for the increased demand of the next phase or period,” and to mitigate the risk of overtraining.

 

When I was training in college, I remember each cycle of lifting being roughly 4-6 weeks, with the last week of the cycle being the deload week. We all looked forward to this one because it usually meant lower weight or reps depending on the exercise. This section in the book, however, does not talk about deloading in terms of strength training, but rather deloading in life.

 

Having deloading phases in life can be thought of as “strategically taking your foot off of the gas” or “unplugging” as Ferriss says, from your work or business or intense periods. These periods of time should be scheduled and uninterrupted—they can be things like exercise, journaling, or spending time with friends or on personal hobbies. What this does is clear your mind of all the stress and commitments you have going on in your professional work life and gives yourself time to unwind and take a step back.

 

In stressful and busy times, we may not take the time we need to really reflect, ponder, and unwind from our work. Easing up on the gas pedal and deloading can be one of those weekly or even daily routines that can really give yourself that time to take a step back to restore balance and recover.

 

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