Time to Kick Some…

Back in Fighting Form
Photo by Leslie Hassler

What a difference a week makes!

At this time last Monday, my body was making an unsuccessful last stand to fight off one of the worst colds I’ve had in recent memory. Today, I’m back in fighting form and feel ready to take on whatever the week throws at me. Why the drastic turnaround? I’m convinced it’s mainly because I listened to my body and took a break. I have no doubt I’ll face the rest of the season in better health than had I fought through the virus by continuing to push myself at the gym.

In all seriousness, for any bona fide fitness lover like me, it’s beyond difficult to force yourself to take a more than one or two days off from the gym. The cold I came down with last week kept me out of action for five whole days. However, on this beautiful sunny Sunday, despite some lingering congestion, I knew my body was ready to break a sweat again. I kept my workout on the moderate end: 30 minutes on the elliptical; 10 minutes on the recumbent bike; a plank Tabata and some SMR and static stretching to round things out. At the end of the hour, I felt great. I was totally refreshed and ready to come home, fire up the computer and write for a while. I was also revved up to take on the work week ahead.

So on this Motivation Monday, I offer another reminder about how important it is to listen to your body.  If it is telling you it needs a break, take one. The down time CAN do your body good. While I may not be ready to tackle one of my typical Central Park workouts for several more days, I know I’ll get there. So if you’re getting back in the game after an unexpected break, don’t sweat it. Take it one day at a time and remember,  you can always regroup, rebuild and regain your strength and endurance. Sometimes being out of the game can re-ignite the fire and the focus to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

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About LauraLovesFitness

After spending more than 10 years in the communications industry, this lifetime fitness lover and newly certified fitness professional wants to share my passion for health and well-being with others.

Posted on October 22, 2012, in Fitness, Health and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. So glad to hear you’re feeling better, and coming back strong! Good motivational photo for a Monday. 🙂

  2. nice picture for a motivational monday and i am so glad to hear you’re feeling better

  3. Laura,

    Many people think of strength only in its aggressive and active form. But often strength is exhibited in the quiet and still way. For you to choose to listen to your body and rest this past week is an example of your great strength.

    You are an inspiration when you sweat- and when you rest. You’ve created something special here. I feel lucky to have found this connection.

    Thanks.

    Tom

    • Many thanks for your kind comments, Tom. It’s always great to hear from you – especially since you’re writing inspires ME to take a good look at what’s happening in my mind and soul while I work on keeping my physical health in check.
      Happy to have connected with you, as well!
      Have a wonderful day!

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