Yesterday, I got up and worked out. This isn’t a huge feat for me, I work out regularly by taking a CrossFit class at least 3 times but usually 4 times a week as well as getting outside and walking at least 2 miles per day. What made yesterday different was that I really, really didn’t feel like working out. I was tired after being up with Coen during the night and felt the cumulative effect of sleep deprivation catching up with me. It would of been easy to cozy up on the couch, drink tea and get everyone ready for the day.
I made a different choice. I chose to workout, but in a way that honored my current state. Having caught the CrossFit about 8 years ago, I have relished the push and the suck that comes with giving it your all during a workout. Exercise should be a positive stress on the body, in that by doing so you create a stronger, more resilient self. But, when you exercise at a level that is too intense for your current state it actually becomes a negative stress. It will break down your resiliency and make you weaker than before you started. This isn’t an excuse to get out of pushing yourself to greater fitness. It’s a recognition of honoring self, which as women, we don’t do nearly enough.
There are times to push through and times to pull back. There are times to go balls to the wall and times to reset. There are times to do it all yourself and times to delegate and leave it to someone else. We don’t have to be superwoman all the time. Take the time to listen to your body and your Self. You don’t always have to listen, but sometimes it will serve you to really slow down so then you can speed up. I dialed back my workout yesterday and did less weight and a lower intensity than I usually would have. I left the gym feeling happy that I went and more energized and capable for my day. That wouldn’t of happened if I had chose not to workout at all or I had pushed through with what I could of done.
Where have you seen this phenomenon to slow down to speed up in your own life?
Peace, Love and Wellness