I’ve talked about Listening to Your Body several times.
When my body tells me to take it easy, or let’s me know that something isn’t right, I listen to it.
Whatever it is that I want to do against my body’s best judgement will cause more harm than good.
I may well injure myself and become less healthy than if I had just taken it easy, skipped my planned activity, and waited until I was better to restart my exercise or workout routine.
Here’s an article from SparkPeople which agrees with me: Habits of Fit People: Listen to Your Body.
Here’s one that works for me: Listening to my body. It may seem counterintuitive to the “no pain, no gain” philosophy so that so many subscribe to, but listening to how you feel really makes a difference in your workouts. How?
Your body is one smart cookie. If you’re really listening, it’ll tell you important things like when you’re tired, hungry, stressed or sick, and hopefully, you’ll trust your body and honor its signals most of the time. But it can also give you signs when you’re sore, injured, or exhausted all of which could be clues that you need to cut back on your current workout routine. The opposite is also true; I find that I can tell when I have energy to burn, which often happens if I’m slacking in the gym or having a really stressful workday. On those days, I want and NEED a good, tough workout to combat stress and use up my pent up energy.
My right glute was bothering my this morning* so I took it easy and decided to cut short my run. Totals for today:
- Distance: 3.22 mi
- Duration: 0:49:07
- Average Pace: 15:16 / mi
- Average Speed: 3.93 mph
- Calories Burned: 436
- Elevation Climb: 130 ft
Slow and easy, but still moving and not aggravating things too much.
I did an ESE fast yesterday and Day 4 of the Max Capacity Training (MCT) workouts.**
It was tough but I made it and I didn’t go nuts eating last night. I had a good deal of food, true, but it was all SCD friendly (except for the two bites of mini Nilla Wafers my son fed me).
Today is a non-fasting, normal SCD day.
Breakfast @ 4:15 AM: two scoops of whey protein in water, Monster Zero on the way to work
Dinner @ 6 PM: (planned) Taco Salad with home-seasoned taco meat, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, and jalapeños.
Other food throughout the day: water, coffee, Cherry Coke Zero