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WHEN TO WALK AWAY FROM A WORKOUT

I’m no athlete that’s for sure. Exercise is just a small part of what I tackle each week. So often I find it difficult to recognise when I need a break from it. I make exercise a priority, learning that getting older means I have to make the time and effort into keeping my mind and body healthy.

Each session at the gym I joke with my personal trainer that I passionately hate him for even existing. I swear, sweat and I know I’m not the easiest person to train. But I love it, the feeling of accomplishment, adrenalin and even that sore tired feeling the next day leaves me feeling like I have accomplished something just for me.

Making that time in my schedule is frustrating when there are so many other things I could be tackling and it can be a mind game whether to make the commitment to myself. But I do, the reality is I wouldn’t be able to do all the other things if I didn’t exercise, it’s important to move, get your heart rate up and build muscle. It also does wonders for your mental health.

So when you have a niggling injury, your genuinely exhausted or your just on the cusp of coming down with something do you walk away from a workout?

This week I have been battling an injured foot, no sympathy required as the injury was sustained by wearing 6-inch heels on Melbourne Cup Day. A week on and I still regret nothing! Girls gotta do what girls gotta do. My injury isn’t that bad, I manage to go about my day in a mild fog of pain. My to-do list gets done and it just hurts at night after a long day. In the past, an injury like this or the first signs of a cold wouldn’t stop me from getting my workout done. Actually a couple of years ago I pushed through a busy week with a cold and did 5 CrossFit sessions and fell in a complete heap with pneumonia! That wasn’t good.

Exercise is there for us to move, maintain and improve our health but it can push us that bit too far when everything isn’t lining up the way we need it to.

Know when to walk away:

  • When you feel lightheaded
  • If you develop a headache
  • If you can’t concentrate on what you are doing
  • If you are in pain
  • When you feel unusually tired
  • If you start to feel nauseated
  • If there is zero enjoyment

The guilt of missing a working out can make us push through, even when we are not feeling 100%. But it can lead to a whole host of trouble. Missing a few days and even a week can be frustrating because you have to get back into the swing of things again and that can leave you feeling defeated and sore.

However, walking away, taking a small break is important. Your body will tell you when it’s time to slow down or it will give you a reason to stop aka pneumonia.

This week I’m resting my foot, catching up on things and letting my body heal, plus my trainer more than likely needs a little vacation from my smart mouth!

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