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5/22/13 10:04 P

thanks all! i decided to compromise and do an easy class today. i'm going to check back in tomorrow and do another easy day if i still feel crappy. but you all made me feel better about not doing a really hard work out just because it was on my schedule!

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5/22/13 5:41 P

I read some where, when you are sick neck up you should do your exercise but,if you are sick from your neck down you should take it easy until you recover.

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5/22/13 4:21 P

I'm definitely the same way! I say, "this is my schedule, that is that, and I NEED to stick to it!" But at the same time, I took a few days off in a row when I was traveling (due to literally NO time to work out with flying and driving) and when I picked back up again, I felt SO much more energized. My body really needed the time off to fully recuperate. Time off won't kill you; especially since it sounds like you go hard during all of your workouts!

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5/22/13 3:43 P

I am a lot like you I workout 2 hours everyday and yesterday I took a break for the first time in two weeks I just feel that if I miss a day that I'm doing myself wrong, but what a coincidence for me to read a article that said we need to take break to help us achieve better results I don't know how many breaks I will take but I know that I will squeeze in one break a week. I feel like crap when I don't workout but if it will help me get better results I'll try it.

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5/22/13 2:19 P

It's easy to be tempted to stick to your schedule, because that's what you want to do. But I think you should listen to your body, and if it's telling you rest is more important, then I would listen to those signals. Here's an article you might find helpful:

It might just be a one day thing, so try a day of rest and see if you feel better tomorrow. Continuing to push through might end up making the problem worse.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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5/22/13 12:44 P

Your body will say yes after you get warmed up. My body was saying definitely not today as I had a rumbly tummy and felt exhauted but I pushed through and feel good.....Body is feeling sooo gooooooooodddd.

Just do it for about 5 min and see what your body tells you. Your circulation will increase, your heart rate will increase and you start sweating, you warm up and next thing your mind is saying I love you and your body says I love you too!!

5/22/13 12:04 P

ok, so here's my situation. my general workout routine is to do 60-75 minutes of power yoga 4x a week, 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of strength training 2x a week, and rest one day a week. the last rest day i took was last wednesday.

i have to go out of town for a wedding this weekend, and i'm not positive i'll be able to work out both days (i'm going to do my darndest to work out one of saturday or sunday). so my plan had been to go to yoga monday, tuesday, wednesday, and friday, and to do cardio/strength on thursday and again on either saturday or sunday.

my other impetus for really wanting to get all of my workouts in this week is that both my yoga studio and gym are closed for maintenance next week. it's a horrible coincidence that means that i'll be basically confined to jogging and videos next week -- and i never feel like i get as good of a workout doing those things, especially as i have to be careful about running because of previous injuries. so i want to put a solid week in this week.

here's my problem though: i feel wiped out. during class yesterday i was barely able to keep up. it's normally a tough class but i just felt so exhausted. and this morning, i'm sore, achy, tired, and feel like i have a head cold. i think i may be sick! now, my body is telling me NO to the yoga class i had scheduled today, but my mind is telling me YES YES YES. an additional factor is that the yoga classes i attend are unusually intense -- they're planned to get your heart rate up and there's a significant amount of core and arm work in them. so going to yoga is not an "easy" day for me.

what should i do? should i go to yoga and not derail my workouts for the week, but also not make myself sicker? or should i take the day off and potentially have two light weeks in a row, but allow my body some time to recover?

sorry for being long-winded!

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