As I’m sitting here writing this post I have a terrible cold. I don’t feel horrible, but my throat hurts a lot. It started with one of the boys and he happily coughed all over me and everyone else. So now we’ve all had it/gotten it. It made me think about resting, exercise, and how the two intersect.
I’m sure all of you are sitting on pins and needles wondering whether or not I exercised this morning in spite of having a bad head cold!! The answer is yes. But, I didn’t exercise yesterday at all. Today I donned my winter walking gear and took a slow, leisurely walk for about 20 minutes. I tucked my headphones inside my hat and off I went. I purposefully went slow and stopped early. And after I came inside I was glad I had taken a few minutes for exercise because I actually felt a little better.
There have been other times when I started to exercise and found that I truly was miserable. Not just miserable in my mind wishing I could stop, but miserable physically. I usually ascribe to a five-minute rule. If after five minutes I feel worse than I did before I went out, I stop and go back inside. There have been times where I stopped, but more times where I realized I actually felt better outside walking then I had just a few minutes before lounging around.
I’ve known people who have pushed themselves when they had the flu, had a stomach virus, and had a terrible cold. I always think, “Why can’t you just take a rest?” But I don’t say that to them. Instead I just tell them to take it easy on themselves, because a few days of rest is good for the body not bad. If you’ve ever examined a training schedule for runners, there are specific periods of rest incorporated in the schedule. Our bodies need a break, our muscles benefit from a rest day, and sometimes our minds need a rest as well.
Unfortunately, when I was morbidly obese I rested all the time, mistakenly assuming that I would be even more tired if I exercised. Of course I couldn’t have been more wrong. I was doing myself a disservice by resting abundantly instead of exercising abundantly. I hope that you are of the “exercise is beneficial” mindset and not of the “exercise is draining mindset.” I rested myself all the way to 300 pounds.
When I first started exercising all those years ago I didn’t want to take a break. I tried to go for a walk every day, but quickly realized that I needed to be reasonable. So I settled on six days a week. It’s something I still do today – unless I don’t feel well like today!
I think it’s really important to listen to your bodies signals in all instances. Not only with regards to your food choices, but also in regards to how you physically feel. What are you thoughts on the subject? Diane