Exercise and self-care.
For some people, doing a workout is a form of self care and for others, taking time off the gym provides a similar benefit.
You need to do what you NEED and not necessarily what you WANT.
For example if you generally find it hard to exercise, one of the first things to go when you need to focus on self-care is your exercise. So you might need to do some sort of workout even though you don’t FEEL like it.
If you train very regularly and are quite driven and motivated, it can be extremely difficult to take a break, especially when you don’t feel like it!
Both are beneficial, but it really depends on you, what your life is like, your personality and your situation.
Get to know YOU. Then you will be more comfortable with knowing what you need to do to take care of yourself.
It is very hard to change habits. There is a certain sense of security that comes with keeping things the same, even unhelpful habits or behaviours. Knowing yourself, your habits and your patterns is a great way to plan for times when you need to do what you NEED but don’t want!
This might come as a surprise, but I find it hard to do my exercise. Yep, that’s right. I’m a trainer who doesn’t make exercise a priority all the time. I know this about myself so I can generally predict how the cycle goes and what I need to do. Because exercise is usually the first thing I let go of, I KNOW I have to push even harder to do something when I am busy or feeling flat. ‘Something’ can be a walk, some light exercise or even a heavy session. But the ‘something’ is the important part. Once I miss that opportunity, the next gets harder to grab onto. If you are like me, when things get busy/chaotic etc even though it is hard, you have to prioritise ACTIVITY to give you energy to get through whatever else is happening for you.
For those of you who are highly driven or athletes or people with a specific fitness goal and timeline, you will most likely beat yourself up unnecessarily for missing a workout. This means you are more likely to over-train or train through injury, illness and fatigue. Doing MORE than you need to may lead to more time off in the long run, so you are better off to prioritise REST and RECOVERY even when you don’t feel like it.
Which category do you fall into? Think about what your first reaction would normally be, get some ideas together of what you can do next time instead, then practice, practice, practice!