Sometimes I’m just tired. Today was one of those days. The thought of doing a push up made me want to curl up in a fetal position and hide.
Not to mention with the weather changing and allergies, I woke up with a delightful headache. It has stuck with me all day. 😦
Luvy and I had planned to run this afternoon after work. It would have been my first run since October!! Sometimes, you just have to listen to your body.
I love love love to exercise. The harder my heart beats and the sweatier I get, the better! However, I have learned that sometimes your body needs a break. The past couple of weeks, I have only been working out 3 days a week because my body has been too exhausted. This was a hard thing for me, because I love the feeling of a good hard workout.
I am learning though that it is okay to take time off. Your body needs exercise, don’t get me wrong. They recommend doing moderate to vigorous exercise for at least 30 minutes 5 days a week. However, sometimes your body needs a recovery break. If you continue to work out when you are exhausted you can injure yourself, burn out, and/or just half-way your workout. Your form will not be right, and you won’t push yourself as hard. It is better to rest up and exercise when you are at 100% so not to injure yourself.
So, in the spirit of resting, I’m off to take a hot bath, watch Bones with Luvy, and turn in early tonight.
My new running shoes will have to wait for the weekend.
Do you all have a hard time taking rest days? How do you make sure you aren’t over-training?