Day Off Guilt - gotta deal with it
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
A day off from exercise, that is. In my great rush of enthusiasm for all things Healthy Living I did rather vigorous workouts, especially lower body workouts, 3 days in a row. Two longer sessions with the elliptical machine at the gym and a 30 minute step session at home left my thighs complaining. I know the rules - especially when it comes to strength training - give those muscles a 24 hour break. And though step and elliptical are both cardio exercises, they're also lower body weight training. At least, in my book they are. Those thighs are basically doing the same thing they do when I use the leg press machines and Tuesday they told me they needed a rest!
So they got their day off and today they feel better for it and ready to jump back on the ... well, the track or the elliptical or just back out there exercising. But there is still this niggling bit of guilt. This nagging sense of "oh ho - so you're slacking off now, are you? Quitting already?"
Now, the good wise sane part of me knows that I needed a rest and I ate sensibly and drank plenty of water yesterday. In short - I had a healthy day of rest yesterday. More importantly - this time I chose to rest, I didn't choose to skip exercise. But my recent history of slothful non-exercise is enough to bring on Mr.Doubt to taunt me.
Well. I hear him but I refuse to believe him. I will show him that past digressions notwithstanding, I am at the beginning of a long life of healthy living. I'll be back out there today, getting some good, steady cardio exercise. The blood will course through my body, sending all those rich nutrients I'm eating to the places that are hungry. Endorphins released from my brain will wipe away guilt and lift me to a nice runner's high. And while I'm moving I will remember that the whole point of this is to feel good as I live the second half of my life - not to feel unjustified and worthless guilt about some artificial setting, number, level or standard.
The true goal is a fulfilled life. So there. I have banished guilt today!