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Listening to your body and be prepared

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I read an interesting blog today about listening to your body. I read a blog at least daily, and she wrote a great blog today about just this. And I did just this, I listened to my body.

You see, I did something I've done once before and it was very stupid on my part. Last night, I got to Jazzercise for my Tuesday night workout and had forgotten my bag with my JZ shoes and my mat. Instead of just walking out and going home, I did the gotta know me to understand. I proceeded to do the entire hour of cardio/strength training barefooted. So you ask, what does this have to do with "listening to your body?" Well, I was gung-ho as usual and worked my butt off and burned some calories, got a good calf workout and a huge blister on the bottom of my right big toe! Ouch! Yea...yea...I know, stupid! So, I listened to my body TODAY and did not workout at all. I was supposed to do my usual weekday run, but instead decided I'd better rest my dogs (sore ankles and legs) and wait until tomorrow. That is exactly what I did!!!

I now am carrying my bag w/ mat and shoes in my car so that the next time I'm prepared.

I do have to say that we all should heed listening to your body and if you are sore or just aren't feeling up to it, don't do it. It's OK to skip a day or two if you're not up to it, either physically or mentally. I'm learning slowly but surely that it's okay to miss a workout or two and I don't usually try to make it up either, not like I used to. I think the older we get the easier it is to make those decisions. I think it goes the same for daily eating habits. If you feel like having a cookie, well by-golly, have that cookie or anything else your heart desires at that moment, just use smart choices and only have a half or one. It's OK!

With that said, spark on my friends and continue listening to your body and your mind. They are beautiful and sharp as long as we take care of them.

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    Well said!! So true if we don't listen to our bodies, we end up paying for it eventually...
    2797 days ago
  • CMA444
    I don't think I could ever do jazzercise barefoot. The ground is too hard. I will say, whenever I do one of my workout DVDs at home I never wear shoes (always barefoot) BUT I am on carpet. Good job taking the day off of working out to let your body heal.

    2800 days ago
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