I have a confession to make:
On Monday, I decided to eat a chocolate rabbit leftover from Easter instead of working out.
I just wasn’t in the mood to exercise.
I was in the mood for that chocolate rabbit.
This was very unusual for me.
Not the chocolate rabbit part.
The not being motivated to exercise part.
You see, I love working out. Lifting is my self-care time. My “me time.” My stress relief time.
My fun time.
On a normal day, working out is effortless.
Well, the workout itself isn’t effortless, but finding the time and the motivation is effortless.
Not so on Monday.
It kind of shocked me.
I thought to myself, “when’s the last time I didn’t feel like working out? The last time I wasn’t jazzed to head down to the basement and squat or go to the gym?”
I couldn’t remember…
Not being motivated to workout indicated to me that my body was trying to tell me something:
I need a break. I need to rest. Just let my lie here for a while…please.
So I listened.
And ate a chocolate rabbit…but that’s another story entirely.
Before I discovered weight lifting and Crossfit, I was a cardio machine addict. I would go to the gym and spend an hour on the elliptical every day because I HAD to. If I didn’t workout for an hour everyday, I would get fat. Or at least that’s what I thought.
I put so much pressure on myself to workout every day that eventually I started to hate it. I had to force myself to go. If I didn’t go, I knew I would end up getting fat.
I’m so grateful to have found a way of moving that I love.
A way of exercising that I do because it makes me feel great and I enjoy it.
Not because I’m afraid if I don’t do it, I’ll gain weight.
So you can see why I was kind of shocked when working out felt forced on Monday.
Maybe it’s just like my relationship with coffee. I thought it was a great one, but I might have just been kidding myself.
I decided to take it easy. To listen to my body and take three days off in a row…
Intuitive exercising is a lot like intuitive eating.
- Listening to your body.
- Honoring your energy levels (aka allowing yourself to rest)
- Exercising because you love it rather than because you “should.”
Are you and intuitive exerciser?
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to figure that out (courtesy of MizFit):
- Have you spent time discovering what your body wants with regards to movement?
- Do heed your body’s messages of exhaustion/pain?
- Have you considered your WHY behind exercise lately?