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Just Give It a Rest!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

I have a very hard time taking rest days. Unless I am travelling and hanging out with lazy friends, I find it just about impossible to take a day off from exercise. I am antsy. I get bored. There isn’t anything else to do for fun where I live. I am addicted to exercise…give me endorphins!

The other thing is that I have become very good at plowing through excuses. I just don’t let obstacles or challenges keep me from exercising any more…which makes it hard for me to justify taking a whole day off from exercise when I don’t absolutely HAVE to. I also think about all the time when I was too sick to exercise or recovering from surgeries and not allowed to exercise…and I feel wasteful if I don’t take advantage of the fact that I am healthy enough to be active now.

So today, I am working all day. It is raining buckets outside and there is a 45 MPH wind. It will be dark by the time I am finished with work. There is a 400 pound male bear menacing my neighborhood. My gym is closed. JUST REST FOR GOODNESS SAKE.

Some other reasons why I should take a rest day today:

-My legs hurt.
-The bottoms of my feet have been aching since I tried Zumba Sentao on Tuesday.
-I only have 8 toenails at the moment. It’s a long story involving way too much Latin dancing.
-I re-injured my broken rib several weeks ago doing belly dancing and now my right side is painful again.
-My shoulders are stiff from lifting weights and swimming.

I should rest.

Or maybe I will run C25K intervals on my treadmill. :)
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AZULVIOLETA6 11/18/2012 9:28PM

    Interesting. I don't consider myself injured at all...just normal athlete/dancer stuff.

Well, except for the rib...that's from a surgery and it has bothered me for most of the last 18 months, but there isn't anything that can be done about it...except perhaps to stay away from belly dancing.

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GARDENSTAR 11/18/2012 1:39PM

    Sometimes it is better to take a rest. If you do something too strenuous while you are already injured, you could give yourself an even worse injury and not be able to exercise at all for a long time !

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WOUBBIE 11/18/2012 1:10PM

    You're injured. Exercise does not cure injury. Rest like it's a prescription.

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PJ2222 11/18/2012 12:46PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AZULVIOLETA6 11/18/2012 12:28PM

    Firecom, I think that if you can force yourself to stick with it long enough, it becomes a positive addiction. Well, mostly positive! ;)

When I first started exercising, all I could do was swim. I swam 1/2 a mile 3 times a week, which involved driving to the next town to get to a swimming pool. I had to bribe myself with a small mocha latte in order to get myself there. Eventually I was able to do it without the little bribe, then to go farther, go more often and add more intensity.

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FIRECOM 11/18/2012 12:20PM

    I wish I had your problem with exercise. I cant seem to get really serious about doing the work. But, that is one big reason you have lost 80 lb. Congrats.

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