Dealing With Exercise Interruptions

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You don’t have to live long to realize things don’t always go as planned.  This seems especially true in regards to healthy living.  The best laid plans for eating right and exercising can be thrown askew by hundreds of minute or major interruptions, like or getting sick.

For me, a four day sickness came to interrupt my plans.  Last week I was advancing my workouts, bumping up their intensity so these last two weeks would be the best two I spent here.  And now I’m laying in bed wondering if I will be able to walk a mile later this week, let alone run part of it.  My plans for doing all the right things were thrown off track.  Instead of hiking, I’ve just been sitting around enjoying the views.

Isn’t that how it always goes?  We start a new plan and go ahead with it full steam.  We start to see results and get excited.  We push a little bit harder and feel amazed at all the progress we are making.  When we start to see healthy weight loss happening, we get excited and make plans to push even harder.  But then something happens.  We hit an unforeseen obstacle like an illness or injury or our schedule changes so we don’t have as much time for exercise.  No matter what the obstacle is, it always comes to slow our progress.  And sometimes we let it happen.  Sometimes we let it stop our progress completely.

What I’m learning is that this doesn’t have to happen.  Things can happen that will temporarily take me away from exercise, yes.  When I am sick I need to listen to my body and give it what it needs, which is usually rest.  I can take a few days off to let my body recuperate and still return to my fitness routine.  One break or minor setback does not mean I need to give up and slip back into old habits.  I know now that I can listen to my body and give it what it needs, whether that be food or rest or exercise.  Right now it is telling me to rest, so that is what I will do.  When my body once again feels healthy and stronger, it will want exercise and that is what I will give it.  Listening to your body and its needs will always get you through a setback.

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