Listen To Your Body; It Knows You Best

over-training

Last week, I was so excited to get back into my workouts. I signed up for classes early and if you saw my post on Friday, you know I had a workout planned for every day of the week. Here’s how my week progressed:

-After my HIIT (high intensity interval training) on Monday, I was sore, but I felt great.

-Tuesday was a dance class and afterwards, the soreness from the previous day persisted but I still felt good.

-Wednesday was a full body rowing class and at this point, I started to feel a little draggy. The soreness hadn’t subsided at all and I felt like my energy wasn’t where it had been on Monday.

-Thursday was yoga, which is usually a stress free workout for me where I can let go, stretch out my body and feel great. This week, I felt agitated when I couldn’t get the poses right, I kept losing my balance, and my sore muscles made it hard to hold the poses correctly.

-Friday was one of my favorite classes, barre. I was psyched to go because it had been awhile but as soon as we started, I felt the pain. My muscles ached so badly that I couldn’t keep up. I was sweating more than usual and my feet kept slipping. I felt pretty miserable.

I’ve heard people say ‘you never regret a workout’ or ‘there’s no such thing as overtraining’. But I couldn’t disagree more. The most important thing when engaging in any type of fitness routine is to listen to your body and know your limits. The results will be better workouts and it will help you avoid injury. Yes, you should push yourself and yes, your workouts should be a challenge, but your body will tell you when you’ve crossed that threshold.

After more than a week off from my regular workout routine, I should have started out slower and given myself more rest. My yoga class on Thursday should have been a sign to myself that I needed a day off. This week, I’m going to be a little smarter, rest more, and listen to my body when it’s trying to tell me something.