In August 2018 I started doing workouts again, and I’m STILL doing that, almost 3 years later!
I work out 5 days a week from my living room, following along with fantastic workout videos.
Each workout lasts around 30 minutes, which is ideal for me. Each workout is different, and I like that, too. I like working out, but it’s not my hobby.
The trainers say things like ‘Give it your all!’ and ‘Go for the burn!’ and ‘If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!’ and they encourage us to lift heavier and go harder all the time.
I get it. That’s part of their job and they’re great at it. And when I look at their muscles I sometimes wish I looked like that, too!
I don’t like to push myself. I don’t like to force myself. And I don’t like to go for the burn.
My body doesn’t like it.
And every time I didn’t listen to my body and pushed too hard, I ended up with an injury.
So now, I (finally!) listen to my body.
My body needs to go slower than the pace in the videos.
Instead of following along in the same pace and with the same intensity as the trainers, I very carefully listen to my body. I go as slow as feels right. I adjust exercises when it doesn’t feel good. And I stop when it feels right to stop.
“Your body can do more than your mind thinks it can!” the trainers say.
I bet it can. But I’m not listening to my mind nor to the trainers.
I listen to my body. She knows best.
I won’t end up as muscular as people who DO push their body to its limit. And I’m okay with that. I’m doing what’s right for me.
Where are you pushing yourself too hard?
What would you do if you listened to yourself only, and you trusted that you (and your body) know best?
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