EXERCISE- HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?
We all have a different threshold, at different times in our life. Take time to notice how you feel before and after exercise. Sometimes rest is much more important. your body needs rest to assimilate your workout.
If you have an obsessive behavior with exercise:
- Pay attention to what your body gravitates towards, and avoid overthinking about your choices around exercise. This will take off a lot of stress. I remember feeling the urge to just go for a walk, but my mind was telling me that I should do weights, because there is not a lot of effort in just walking, and I might not burn as many calories or build muscle, so I overlooked the urge to walk, and forced myself to do an intense workout. The result was feeling exhausted and guilty for days after.
Sometimes our obsessions and false beliefs are so powerful, that we continue to do the things that damage us despite suffering the consequences. All because of lack of trust in our body.
- When it comes to exercise, be flexible. Notice how you feel after exercising, how you feel immediately after and for the next few days. If you feel tired, worn out and exhausted it is time to cut back. If you feel stronger and energized, keep at it! Your body will let you know.
- Remember that nothing is permanent. Diet and exercise will be recreated several times to suit your lifestyle, and level of health at a given time. If you need to focus on healing, slowing down your workouts will likely boost your healing process, and it is temporary; you can always go back to and hit those heavy weights once your health is reestablished.