13 Aug Dealing with Exercise Guilt
When working out is part of your everyday life, it can become easy to feel guilty on days when you aren’t motivated, don’t have time or your body is fatigued from a prior workout. So how do you know when you should push through your next workout or take time off and recover? We’ve put together a few guidelines to consult the next time you experience exercise guilt.
-Be flexible. Some days are more hectic than other and schedules can get in the way of your workout. If you know you’re less likely to workout in the evening on certain days, make it a priority in the morning before you begin your day. That way, come 9:00pm you aren’t beating yourself for skipping your sweat session.
-Listen to your body. If you’ve exercised for multiple days in a row and your muscles are tired and sore, allow yourself to recover. Taking a day off to rest your body will have you coming back rested and ready to take on your next FLEX56 class. Try taking a long walk to move your body without doing any strenuous activity.
-Don’t compare yourself. Some people are able to workout 6-7 days a week without lacking motivation, but that’s the exception, not the rule. Make your own decisions without letting other’s choices sway you.
-”Mind over matter”. We preach this often in class and we mean it! If you aren’t mentally up for a workout ask yourself why. We truly believe that you’ll never regret a workout and sometimes it just might be the only thing that will give you the boost of energy that you need.
-Move on. So you missed a workout because of an unforeseen circumstance, don’t dwell on it! There’s no point in beating yourself up over something you can’t change. Simply vow that your next workout will a great one.