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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The only thing more difficult than going to the gym every day is stopping for a day. It's the day where the body rests, heals, and adapts to all the punishment we put it through.It allows us to adjust ourselves and most importantly it gives us a chance to assess the progress we've made.

Oh yeah, it sucks.

You know the feeling. You get in a groove. It might be a daily run, jog, or walk, It may be a morning swim or 10 mile bike ride. The pay-off is tremendous. The endorphin's go crazy. You are on top of the world.

Stop for a day? Are you nuts?

I've learned a number of valuable lesson in my time here at Spark People. The wisest one is to listen to my body. So, this morning, when I popped out of bed, my mind 3 miles ahead of myself and already planning a killer workout my body interrupted my train of thought. In it's own way it suggested that since I hadn't taken a rest day since last Wednesday, today might be a good day to do so.

I didn't want to.

I posted in a thread of one of my teams this morning that taking today as my rest day is as hard as walking by a bowl of candy and not devouring it. The last time I went down this road, I didn't listen. I didn't create any balance in my life.

Work, work, work.

Diet, diet, diet.

Injury, injury, injury

Depression, self doubt, self judgment.

So beyond a wholesome discipline, I will bypass the gym today and allow my body to adjust and heal.

I didn't say I'd like it!!!

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JUMPINJULIE 11/23/2013 2:33AM

    Agree.

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AJDOVER1 11/20/2013 1:25PM

    I try to listen to my body, but sometimes it says bad words. emoticon

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NASFKAB 11/20/2013 9:38AM

  do not take a rest day but then do not exercise at that intensity therre are some days when cant or do not feel like doing my strength exercise I will skip & do it the next day thanks you so much

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CARTOONB 11/19/2013 10:50PM

    Rest is sooo hard! Good job listening to your body. Imagine how much better tomorrow's workout will be.

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MOBYCARP 11/19/2013 8:50PM

    That's my struggle, too. Sometimes I need a day of rest when I've been looking forward to that run. In the past, I've run anyway; now, I'm trying to identify when to proactively rest before injury. It's hard, but I've got to learn to do this.

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CATLADY52 11/19/2013 6:49PM

    Listening to your body will not hurt you. Not listening CAN! emoticon Are you listening? emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 11/19/2013 5:49PM

    I'm always half afraid I won't start back up if I take a rest day. I need it, though.

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LYNMEINDERS 11/19/2013 4:49PM

    So pleased to hear that John....we can't keep pushing indefinitely....
Enjoy your rest day

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MOTIVATIONFOUND 11/19/2013 3:28PM

    Kudos to you for listening to your body. You're absolutely right about what will happen if you don't give your body a rest when it needs it.

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PEGGY11 11/19/2013 3:09PM

    Today was shopping day so walked all over Rona and Walmart. Just know my chair exercises are going to have to wait until tomorrow. Let my muscles heal. I was feeling guilty until I read your blog. It made me realise that I had been doing them for 14 days as well as some strength training. I need the rest. The walking today was enough. I feel good now but know the chair exercises will be too much. Thank you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPEEDY143 11/19/2013 2:57PM

    Nobody said you can't take a nice walk with Joan emoticon emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 11/19/2013 12:24PM

  emoticon The body knows emoticon

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ANGELBELIEVER 11/19/2013 11:30AM

    Hi John. Thanks for another great blog. I am 65 and have finally learned to listen to my body. A day of rest for me isn't always skipping my workouts at Curves, which I do 3 times a week. There are days when I just need to do nothing but play on the computer or play my instrument for fun and not always for practice. If I get too tired I feel miserable and I'm not productive in anything. Listening to your body and that small voice inside you is always a good thing.
Thanks for a great blog as my reminder to listen to my body. emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 11/19/2013 11:23AM

    Well done, John. You're doing great.

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TIGER_LILY_613 11/19/2013 10:47AM

    I love my rest days. I work out twice a day, Monday to Friday (cardio 2x / day + ST 3 days a week), and rest on Saturday and Sunday. Once, I did a 30-day challenge with no rest days, and at the end I felt exhausted, tired and a few old aches and pains started to resurface. Rest days are non-negotiable for me :)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/19/2013 9:45AM

    I take a rest day when my body really does physically need it. Otherwise I think being active every day is important.

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HDHAWK 11/19/2013 9:20AM

    It's hard to take a day when you're on a roll. Do something else just for you today!

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TRISTAROSE 11/19/2013 9:11AM

    Listen to your body as it needs a well deserved rest every now and then!

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KABMPH 11/19/2013 9:07AM

    I can honestly say I love rest days! I work out probably 5 days a week on average. I plan for all 7, but feel a thrill at skipping one or two. emoticon

Good for you for listening to your body and learning from experience!

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NEW_PARADIGM 11/19/2013 9:01AM

    I can so relate to this right now...right along with maneuvering any meals that I don't cook myself.

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NEELIXNKES 11/19/2013 8:59AM

    emoticon That's great that you recognized what you needed today.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/19/2013 8:48AM

    It does take more courage to take a day of rest, because you know you'll have to start again tomorrow. emoticon

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