Dealing With Exercise Interruptions


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.

When You Run Into An Unforeseen Exercise Obstacles

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.

Setbacks Don’t Have To Hold You Back From Fitness Goals

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.


6 responses to “Dealing With Exercise Interruptions”

  1. Thanks for the great post. This is exactly what I’m going through right now! I got a treatment for my injured knees (so I skipped exercise for a few weeks) and just as I was about to get back to the gym, I got sick for a week and a half. I followed that up with 10 days of nonstop headaches. And now I’m just starting to feel OK enough to return to exercising. It’s so frustrating when you don’t feel well enough to be active. You’re right, though, that we need to listen to our bodies. I don’t want to get back to the gym too early and end up re-injuring myself.
    .-= Tracey @ I’m Not Superhuman’s last blog post..No-Fuss Meals to the Rescue =-.

  2. Lori says:

    That is very true. I was doing really well with exercising– actually being able to run a little over a mile. Then I got the flu, and my energy level was extremely low. It took several days for me to get back to where I was, then I got a really bad viral eye infection! So, I’m try to “recover” from that, and that has been really slow for me.

  3. Embracing the present moment is KEY. If you are truly present, each moment is new. In each moment you listen to what your body needs, wether it be rest or exersize. It is not our illness that stops our progress, rather our perspectives of that illness.
    .-= stephanie vincent’s last blog post..Turning the Light on in the Dark =-.

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  6. Cindy says:

    Thank you for a positive post that I needed.

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