I’ve written about the momentum of my workout routine before, and getting back on the proverbial horse after being sidetracked by life events. Today, I’ve realized something equally important: not overdoing it.
Since early January, I’ve been riding high on my New Year’s resolution of self-care, and doing what my body tells me do. I’ve been eating right, sleeping well, and working out every day, so I’ve had a TON of energy…. until, of course, I hit a wall.
My muscles were really sore after a few days of challenging myself with some new and more intense workouts. I tried some new classes, and increased all the weights I’ve been using for strength training. One day I woke up, and everything hurt. Every muscle I had pushed and stretched and strengthened over the last few days was screaming “Give us a break!” But still, I was encouraging myself to push forward, because I still doubted whether or not I’d “done enough” to warrant a day off. I was worried about breaking my routine, maybe afraid that I’d fall back into old bad habits of giving up and not going back.
Thankfully, I had my redefined resolution to fall back on. I reminded myself that recovery is just as important as exercise, and that listening to my body is the most important thing. So I took a day off, and the world didn’t fall apart. Even better; my muscles relaxed, and I feel refreshed and ready to tackle my workout with renewed energy!