Thanks for the advice guys! I ended up deciding to go to the gym after all. Once I got there, I did feel a bit better... although I did do a shorter version of my normal routine. I am definitely going to try to go to bed early tonight so that tomorrow I will be refreshed and ready to go at full speed again!
First, is there a chance that skipping this workout is going to throw you off track, or will you be able to get right back to the routine tomorrow, no problem? If it's going to throw you off track, then get thyself to the gym, even if you choose to do a shorter or easier workout once you get there.
Second, if you skip the gym, will you use that time to make sure you're better rested tomorrow? As in, if you get home an hour earlier because you don't go to the gym, will you be in bed at least an hour earlier?
Conversely, are you sure that getting in a workout won't help rev up your metabolism to get you going for the rest of the day and/or help you get a better night sleep tonight? If I've been dragging all day, a hard but short workout is often key to getting myself going to push through the rest of the day and then get a GOOD night's sleep that night.
And, finally, how tired are you REALLY? If you're honestly tired enough that you're not going to get a productive workout in, skipping it could be wise. But often when you're dragging, once you start a workout, you get in your groove, complete it, and end up feeling BETTER afterwards. The biggest hurdle is finding the motivation to start.
If you're not sure which course of action is best, I'd suggest that you head to the gym and tell yourself that you'll put in a good 10-15 minutes. Once you get to the end of the predetermined time, if you want to stop, you can. I use this tactic when I'm struggling to find the motivation to complete a run. I head out for 1 mile. If after the end of that mile, I still feel like heck, I take it as a sign that my body really needs the rest. I turn around and run that same mile back home, and then I'm done. However, most of the time, I find that just the act of getting dressed and going gets me into the mood and I finish my run.
If you really aren't feeling like you'd be able to give it your best at the gym, do something else. Go for a brisk walk around your neighborhood. Or turn on FIT TV and just do something in your own home. It's better to do some kind of exercise than none. Not only will it probably invigorate you and give you a burst of energy, you will feel better for having made the extra effort.
I think that it totally depends. If it's a "lazy" tired, like a "I just don't feel like it..." it's best to get up and push yourself to go anyway. However, if you feel like your body is telling you "no, not today," than probably not. I've pushed myself to go when my body has told me "no" before and ended up coming down with a cold. Living a healthy lifestyle is not only watching what you eat, and exercising, but also listening and paying attention to what your body needs- including sleep.
I've been doing so well with going to the gym after work for the past 3-4 weeks. I've gone every single Monday-Friday and it's something I'm very committed to. But today, I am just SO tired. I didn't get a very good night's sleep last night, and I think that is dragging me down.
Should I just listen to my body and skip the gym for today to rest? Or should I not give in to the tiredness and just push through it?
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.