Without getting into all the details, this past week has been a bit more crazy and demanding than usual. And, while this next statement probably doesn't make sense, I've felt a little over the place without really going anywhere. I'm also in the first few days of my September Whole30 so I'm feeling a little off my game, but not completely in a bad way. If you've done the Whole30 before, you probably know exactly what I'm talking about. Since (primarily) sugar and grains have been cut to the curb, I'm a little irritable, sluggish and until today, had a bit of a headache. While those don't sound all that great, I also feel really good (I realize it sounds a little weird). I'm less bloated, I'm sleeping awesome, my resting heart rate is lower than it has been and I know in just a couple weeks I'll be trading that irrability and tiredness for a clear head and a surge of energy. It is worth the temporary feeling I have now.
But anyway, I digress. I'm not here today to get into my Whole30 journey, but rather to talk about my workouts for the week. Because of the afforementioned crazy week + Whole30 feels, I've been adapting my workouts to continue to get to the gym when I can but also work within my capabilities given this week. If I could give a theme to this weeks' workouts, it would be ADAPTABILITY.
So, let's get into it starting with Monday. My gym was closed for Labor Day, but since I try to #nevermissaMonday, I met a friend at the neighborhood park for a partner workout. We had a blast getting in an excellent full body workout outside on a beautiful day. In case you missed it, I shared all the details on this week's #MoveItMonday post.
Tuesday was pretty much status quo with a cardio day of CXworx and BODYATTACK. Wednesday also started out as it typically does with BODYFLOW. Usually after Flow, I do strength training however post class I really wasn't feeling up for lifting so I decided to skip it for the day. I tell you this because I want you to know that if you aren't feeling a particular workout for the day, even if you had something scheduled, it's okay to change or forgo it altogether. However, it's important to know and be able to differentiate the need to rest versus just being plain lazy (which sometimes be hard to do and I'll talk more about that in a moment). But, at the end of the day, listen to your body and take care of what you need in that moment.
Thursday's are usually another cardio day for me but due to circumstances that required me to be home for the majority of the day I didn't make it to the gym in the morning like normal. As the day went on, I thought I'd just take the day to rest and by early afternoon I'd decided to skip the workout and get back to it on Friday. However, come early evening, I felt the need to move. Turns out, I was being more lazy than actually needing rest as well as using the 'I can't get to the gym so I can't workout' as an excuse to not workout. I gathered the kiddos and we made our way to the Y. They got to play and I went to cycling class. I felt SO MUCH BETTER after my workout and knew that it was the right decision to get up and get moving.
And, here we are at Friday...I made it to morning Flow, no problem. Typically I stay after Flow for my last strength training day of the week, however, I was needed at home to help with the kids so I skipped my early morning weight session. Nonetheless, I found my way back to the gym late morning to finish it off and I'm so glad I did. I used the opportunity to do something different and took BODYPUMP. No doubt will I be sore tomorrow as I rarely take that class (I mean, I am already feeling sore as I write), but it was fun for a change of pace. Not to mention, I didn't really have to think just follow direction. Given the week it's been, that was exactly what I needed!
More of the story....Be flexible. Learn to adapt. It does not have to be all or nothing, or 'if I can't workout when I normally do, I won't go at all' or 'if I can't get to the gym or my usual class, then I'll just skip the workout entirely'. I think it's an often used excuse that if all the stars aren't aligned then the workout is one of the first things to go. It doesn't have to be that way. Moving your body can take many forms and can be broken up throughout the day. Can't do the gym in one session? Break it up into two smaller workouts. Can't make it to the gym at all? Do an at home workout or go for a walk. Don't feel like working out but know you should? Get up and do something active for ten to fifteen minutes and I guarantee you will probably end up doing more. Once those endorphins kick in, you remember just how good exercise and movement is for the mind, body and soul. Celebrate the fact that you can do it and just do it!
Forget the excuses and move your body if it's just a little bit. It's definitely okay miss a workout, take a rest day or to back off as needed, just like I did Wednesday morning, but learn to recognize the difference between rest and laziness. Life gets hectic and things do not always go as planned, but that's okay. As long as your willing to roll with the punches, everything will be alright and your workouts won't suffer as long as you keep them a priority in the chaos of it all.