Woke up feeling sleep deprived, stressed or hormonal and then discover tonight's workout is an intensive HIIT session on top of a long 12 hour day?
You may well have your fitness goals and workouts planned and mapped out for the next 6 months but have you ever considered that sometimes it pays to be flexible and match your workout to your mood to really get the best results?
With the current pressures of life and work in today's modern lifestyle, it can be tempting to have an attitude of no relenting, but this can result in us being left feeling exhausted and adding extra stress to our body. Knowing when to slow down or fire things up can be key to creating positive effects on our health and wellbeing. Because the aim of every workout should always be to finish it feeling better than when we started, before embarking on your next workout ask yourself what your body 'needs'. Be it a calming, stretching and balancing workout, or something that fires you up and gets you hot and sweaty. Both can be beneficial.
Your goal might be weight loss, to hit that PB, or to just simply get fitter, but knowing how to read what your body needs instead of giving it what you think it wants are very important skills to have.
If you find it difficult to tell the difference between the two, take a moment to close your eyes and perform a body 'scan'. Take a few seconds to think deeply about how you're feeling and what your body is asking for. Is it yoga? HIIT? Walking? Meditation? Or just some quiet MEtime?
Now, we're not giving you a great excuse to 'pass' on all your workouts! Everyone needs at least 2 and 1/2 hours a week of physical activity to maintain a healthy and active life. But it's also important to remember that your body also needs focused, dedicated time for relaxation and quiet time away from the fast paced, modern lifestyle we are immersed in. It's great to have a plan, and committing to regular workouts will definitely motivate and inspire you to create consistency and longevity in keeping it up! But just remember that there is more than one way to get what you want in life, and if your main goal is to feel healthier, happier and balanced, you need to listen to your body and respond with love and acceptance.
Even if it's not what you had planned....
Written by Kate Swinson - Founder of MEvME & Wellbeing Coach