As you know my workouts have changed a lot since Olivia came to our family. A. LOT. Sometimes I feel bad after a workout, I know dumb right? I worked out therefore I should be happy, not feel bad. But sometimes I think that because I am not dripping sweat and exhausted from an intense workout that it means it did nothing for my body. I know this isn’t true. I know that thinking is SO so so wrong! Yet I still find myself doing it all the time. I have tried to focus a lot more on listening to my body and knowing what it needs.
Olivia was sick the last week and I think I caught a minor version of her cold. I wasn’t feeling awful but not absolutely great. And I was tired from taking care of her and accomplishing everything else that was on my plate. There was a night where I was so completely exhausted when she went to bed but thought, crap, I need to workout. And then I thought no, what my body needs tonight is to just relax and recover. So I let myself curl up on the couch and watch a show and then I went to bed early. I felt better in the morning because of it! There were a couple of days where instead of doing some crazy cardio workout I just did some yoga instead. My body felt better because of it. I wasn’t dripping sweat but I felt good.
So my point is, do whatever it is that you want to do or love to do or try something new. But just do something! Get up and move! Whether it’s a lap around your neighborhood or weeding your flower beds, mowing your lawn or a kick butt Jillian Michael’s workout. Just move! Your body will thank you for it and regardless of what it was, you will feel better because of it.
And most importantly, don’t forget to listen to your body. Cut it some slack when it is exhausted and make sure to give it a break when it is telling you it needs one. It will work better for you because of it!