I am couch bound with a heating pad, and I’m getting pretty depressed about it. The pain in my back for the past two days has made day-to-day activities pretty excruciating. Why this sudden flare of pain? Well I couldn’t stop working out. After one invigorating and amazing session of mat Pilates I tweaked my back and am back to square one.
I frequently read blogs and fitness articles about the ways in which to motivate yourself through a workout. How to push through moments of laziness and work to achieve your fitness goals. Maybe pushing through that last mile, because ‘you will never regret a workout, but you will regret skipping one.’
OK, I regret my last workout.
I’ve written in the past about how fitness can become an obsession. Particularly for those in the fitness industry, the thought of going without exercise for a period of time is like going without oxygen. Ok, let’s say coffee, that was a little dramatic. It’s just a part of us. we don’t think about it. I do not even think of my morning mat routine as exercise, it’s just part of who I am and it’s what I do. Fitness, Pilates especially, is a mind-body experience. But my body is screaming at me, so what do I do?
I am not obsessed with working out by any means. Skipping a workout here and there isn’t the end all, things come up and life happens, and sometimes I just don’t feel like it. However, not fitting in a workout at least a few times a week is a struggle for me.
So back to those motivational quotes we see every day; no you will never regret a workout until you do. Perhaps I have been brainwashed by the “you have no excuse” anecdotes, so I need to remind myself yet again; If it hurts, stop. If you are injured, do not workout.
Here’s a good one:
Ugh, really? This quote makes me feel lazy for not working out despite my injury. I am desperate because I DO have fitness goals and now when I am feeling so motivated to work towards them I am sitting on the couch instead.
But, for now I’ll just be here battling the overwhelming instinct to move my body in some way, forcing myself not to do so.
Do you ever workout against your better judgement because you fear making excuses will lead to laziness or make you a failure?
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Sorry about the back, that stinks.
So true about how annoying some of those one size fits all fitness quotes can be. Maybe it’s familiarity breeding contempt, but most of them are so lame.
I’m definitely guilty of working out, sometimes excessively so that the nagging feeling of failure doesn’t get too heavy, but have also paid for it before, and have become better about listening to the body more so than the brain, (usually, definitely not always!)