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Should I really be "listening to my body?"

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sometimes my body says things like, "Let's forget about the gym, and yoga too. Let's just relax." Or, more forcefully, "Gym? Are you kidding me? I've been up since 5 am and I do not have it in me."
It's hard to know whether to listen or to ignore. On one hand, slacking off doesn't help in the present and becomes a battle against inertia in the future; on the other hand, maybe I need rest more than I need a sloppy, dispiriting workout. I have, on occasion, regretted a workout because I ended up tweaking something, usually a small but significant joint like the ankle or wrist.
Today I'm going to a 90-minute yoga class followed by an hour of strength training. I don't much *feel* like it, but that's the Saturday routine and it's basically immutable, so I don't question, I plan for it. But some days, I struggle to decide whether my body voice is wisdom, or a frenemy.
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    On days like that, I usually try to make a compromise. I plan on doing less than I normally would. Then, if I feel like continuing, I do. But, I don't feel guilty if I feel like stopping at that point. It is really difficult to get back into my routine if I miss a day or two.
    1835 days ago
    I know exactly what you mean! Mine often says naughty things to me about sweets and fatty foods. 'Listen to your body' is not always good advice, lol.
    1835 days ago
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