A Walk: Listening to Your BodyJuly 25, 2014
Yesterday was just “one of those days.” I didn’t feel rested (but then again, when do I feel completely rested with an 8 month old?) and just had an overall “blah” feeling. Workouts help me in situations like this. A lot. When I move first thing in the morning (after a large cup of coffee, obviously) I will feel happier and ready to take on the day. Yesterday, however, I wasn’t feeling the gym or my usual living room routine. I was actually just going to skip my heart pumping workout all together and lay around as much as possible. As the day came to an end, however, I realized how beautiful an afternoon it was and I should get up and move. I mean, it’s not like moving around would not make me feel any worse. That’s the thing about exercise – you never regret a workout.
After I unpacked the stroller, baby and dog, and started getting into my groove, I felt great! The weather was perfect, there were other people out and about and it felt good to breathe in the fresh air. Was it a challenging form of exercise for me? Not really. Did it feel good? Yes.
As a fitness enthusiast, I always feel like I have to push my hardest with every workout. While that is not a bad thing, sometimes I forget that I can take it down a few notches to really appreciate my surroundings and not just beat a certain time or reach a certain repetition. This walk was exactly what I needed.
Every workout should count. No doubt about it. That is how the body changes. But, you need to listen to your body and know that it is okay to take a few steps back or skip the gym all together. Rest is just as important as the workout! These rest days will help you kick booty the next day and give you that opportunity to, dare I say, “miss the gym!”
Summer is only so long here inChicago, so get outside and really admire the beauty of the lake, architecture, etc. because come winter, we will all be back in the gyms…or stuck in our homes.