Can I tell you all something?
I have been listening to my body a TON and I swear it’s paying off! (Genius concept, right?) Seriously though, focusing even more on the workouts that my body WANTS has been even better than I can explain. I still have a long way to go to really feel back to my normal self, but I feel like I’m finding a rhythm and learning to trust myself again… it also helps that my trainer shows me new things! (Thanks trainer guy!) *wink*
I’ve found that when I listen and take some time off, my body tells me when it’s ready to get back into working out. This whole idea of intuitive exercise, if you will. I have been sleeping terrible lately, and have been hitting the snooze button a little too often to get my 5am workout in. We’ve all had those days when it’s been tough to get to the gym or get a workout started. Whether it’s gloomy outside or you’re tired or you have too much to do. On days like this, I often tell myself to give the workout at least 10 – 15 minutes. By that time, my mind is likely more focused on the workout than the craziness of the day, or week. Usually after the workout I feel good and I’m happy I pushed through rather than skipped it.
But then there are those days when I am just physically or even mentally/emotionally exhausted and working out is THE LAST thing that I want to or should be doing. It’s those days when you try and push through the 10 – 15 minutes and you just can’t.... and sometimes, that's ok. But it's important to know when your listening to your body or just making excuses.
The other day, I woke up and my body wanted to move. It hasn’t felt like that very much over the past few weeks with all that my body & mind is going through. However…I will say that I made excuses on some days.
So, how do you know if you’re making excuses or listening to your body?
It might sound like a bunch of fluff, but you need to be self-aware. You need to know yourself.
You don’t want to workout. Ask yourself why?
Too busy? Too stressed? Hit a plateau? Really sore from your last workout? Not sure what to do? Physically exhausted? Emotionally or mentally exhausted? What’s going on?
Knowing yourself can be the difference between making excuses and listening to your body.…
In the past few months, in general, I’ve been WAY more tired than usual. I know myself well enough to know that being this tired wasn’t normal for me. Working out in times when you are already tired/stressed/low on energy is not always the best option. Sometimes you need to push through it, sometimes you take that as a cue. Remember, working out puts even more stress on your body. When I did have the energy to workout, I couldn’t do my normal workouts. I would fatigue A LOT faster and my muscle recovery was not were it should have been; I would be sore for days after doing workouts and that's unusual for me. For me, these things were not "my normal" and was my body’s way of telling me I needed a break. Now, everyBODY is different. Just because those signs were what told me it was time for a break doesn’t mean that it will be the same for you.
You also need to be okay with taking a break. It was initially hard for me to admit that I needed rest. In my mind, I needed to be Superwoman & wanted to be able to do everything. Your body needs time to rest and repair. Often times, you’ll come back stronger if you just take some time to breathe and come back refreshed.
Do you have a hard time listening to your body? What do you do when you find yourself making excuses?
Dream Big. Work Hard.