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BRANDI_MICHELLE Posts: 53
4/23/09 10:21 P

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!

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PHOENIXHASRISEN Posts: 1,862
4/23/09 9:51 P

Half of the battle is showing up. Once you get there you will feel better!

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BRAVE_NEW_ME Posts: 4,252
4/23/09 9:01 P

That decision depends on a lot of factors.

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.

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MAIL4CINDI Posts: 177
4/23/09 7:57 P

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.

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LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 16,936
4/23/09 7:56 P

Is your body really that tired?
Then skip the gym and go to bed.

If you are not going to bed, get to the gym.

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HIPPICHICK Posts: 97
4/23/09 7:51 P

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.

PRINCESS2828 Posts: 185
4/23/09 7:26 P

I feel that way too. You should go even for a little while. Missing one day can knock you off track.

BDOWNS11 Posts: 764
4/23/09 7:23 P

I would go for a half hour so maybe you want feel guilty

BRANDI_MICHELLE Posts: 53
4/23/09 7:14 P

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 Progress:

-------------------------------

Start: September 2nd- 240 lbs

October 2nd - 232 lbs

November 2nd -

December 2nd -

January 2nd-

February 2nd-

March 2nd-

Goal: April 2nd- 185 lbs



"Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing, it's when you've had everything to do and you've done it!" --Margaret Thatcher
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