When Your Body Starts Talking, LISTEN!
I LOVE working out! I always, have. Now while some totally get that feeling, others would much rather put hot pokers in their eyes then step foot inside of a gym. It's just not their passion.
And there have been those days where I totally get that!
But sometimes, those of us who love the gym, forget to take a page from those who love to get their adrenaline rush from other things. We forget how important it is to practice times of NOT pushing so hard. Times of REST. Times to switch gears and change up that routine for a while.
And if we're not listening, sometimes our bodies will "help us" get the message.
You know, as those birthdays pass and you realize your joints don't bounce back quite like they used to.
Or maybe you bend over JUST the right way and your back decides to go on a little vacation and quit working (yep, been there).
Those aches that used to go away in a few hours, start hanging around for a few more days.
These generally tend to be signs that we might be overtraning. And rather we want to our not, our bodies have said they are ready for a break and we REALLY need to listen.
So one thing I love to do to prevent overtraining, is to practice a little crosstraining, or mixing up your routine and focusing on another area of fitness for a while.
If you spend the majority of your time strength training, then this might be a great time to jump in the pool for a while.
Or if you are an avid runner, maybe you decide to hit the gym for some strength workouts for a while.
Not only is this a great way to give the body a break and decrease your chances of injury, but in the end, it helps your body come back STRONGER then it was before.
Some of the other benefits are:
Decreases exercise boredom
Reduce your risk for injury
Helps you to better condition your entire body
Improve balance, agility and overall skill
Allows you to train through an injury by focusing on other areas
So this week, start thinking about some other fun ways you can get your workout on, that may be different than how you are training now.
Personally, my focus is going to be on increasing my flexiblity, which has been a struggle for me. So I am going to look at incorporating more yoga into my routine (oh baby).
And If your struggling with ideas, here are fun ideas you may want to consider:
Swimming (awesome alternative - no stress to joints!)
Sports (Volleyball, basketball, soccer, etc)
Taking a class
So while I start working on my yoga poses, what are YOU going to be working on? Maybe I can add YOUR workout to my routine!
Committed to your success,