With flu season in full force, we become proactive in washing our hands, staying far from those who sneeze and wiping our gym equipment to limit germs. Though try as we might, sometimes we just can't escape that one bug (Ew!) that entered our body. Luckily, our immune system has us covered, so we can keep going about our day as we would, workout and all... or not?
I'd like to think I am very in-tune with my body. I immediately know when something is off, even if it's as simple as not getting a certain food in my diet. It sounds strange, but my body has always talked to me. It tells me when I need specific fruits or fats, it tells me when to go to bed and when to wake up, or when it's a cardio day or a strength day. OK, I lied...
I am not in tune with my body. My body is in tune with me.
There are times when I eat or drink things my body hates, there are times when I stay up way past my body's bedtime. And, there are times when I debate whether to workout on days I really should just rest. My body responds to me when I am not treating it well, and sometimes, I ignore it. Sound familiar?
When your body is fighting something internally, whether it's a cold, fatigue, injury, loss of appetite or other symptoms, you need to listen very carefully. Your body may be screaming or even whispering, "GO TO BED or put your body in a restorative yoga class instead of boot camp".
Hey, I get it, when you get so far into reaching your fitness goals, mind over matter can really provoke you. So, therefore, you ignore your symptoms and push yourself to keep going towards your goal. And while that boot camp class may seem like a step ahead, it will set you back further, and may even completely burn you out.
Have we forgotten how to take care of ourselves?
In this fast-paced world, we live in, I don't blame anyone. As society has it, there is a quick fix for everything, right? We have become impatient with ourselves, so we go to the doctor, get our medicine and keep working. The medicine has us covered, so all is good. NOT QUITE! What we need to remember, is that when we are sick or injured, we need to be patient with ourselves, and quite frankly, be a patient.
Exercising every day, eating perfectly, getting enough sleep and staying away from every "bad" thing on this planet is not sustainable. It’s all about balance and doing what works for you. Our bodies have a voice, and if you listen to yours, it will lead you to a well-balanced and healthy life.