Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Stop and Listen

The human body is the most incredible, and amazing creation on this planet.  With our vast knowledge of the body and mind, we still haven't even touched learning everything about it.  It learns, adapts, defends itself, improves itself and it works 24/7 for our entire lives! 

The way we used to live (in nature), our body was our teacher.  It would tell us what we needed;  food, water, shelter, rest etc... The necessities of life.  Our job as a species was to survive. And in order to do that, we listened to our body and it's signals and did what we needed to do.  

We don't do that anymore. Our world demands "being the best at all times", a "go-go-go" mentality.... otherwise "you'll fall behind".  So with that attitude, we choose to ignore our bodies and the signs and symptoms when something is wrong or even just a bit off.  Our love for sports doesn't help with that in my opinion. We look to what our favourite athletes are doing in their routines, and daily lives to try to better our own.  Yet this way of doing things, is not conducive to a truly healthy lifestyle, and has nothing to do with how the majority of human beings live.  

As Fitness Professionals, we get to experiment on ourselves when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle.  By doing so, we can help figure out the good, the bad and the ugly with various techniques and tricks.  Yesterday was a prime example for me of how listening to your body, is a good thing. Listening won't hold you back.  In the end, it will only benefit you!  

My week started off feeling good.  Monday was a good day, got a good workout in and got some work done.  I went to bed at my usual time (between 9-10pm).  That day it was 9:30pm.  I felt I slept fine, but I woke up tired, and not feeling too motivated.  This feeling carried on throughout the day for the most part.  My plan/hope was to get a run in after work, but I was just not feeling it.  I decided not to follow through with it.  I did some housework when I got home, and then played guitar after dinner. I went to bed feeling relaxed.  

Today I woke up, and felt pretty good overall.  So I did a light bike ride while I watched a bit of the olympics (15min - nothing fancy).  It felt good.  I came in to work for a couple clients, after dropping my daughter off to school, and then on my break I felt great and ready for my workout!  

Today's workout:

Warm up
*4 - MovNat MOD exercises *

Barbell Complex 
*4 exercises in a row of 5 reps each, followed by a 30sec rest, for 5 sets*

*20sec Sprint:45sec Recovery for 5-rounds (5min 25sec)*

Bench Press
*2 sets x 5 reps*


(Bench Press was absolutely not planned. But my body has been feeling better and better, since I began seeing my chiropractor and being able to workout regularly again, so I was just feeling good so I thought;  why not!? )

Overall, it gave me a good little workout and it felt great!!!!  My first thought afterwards, before I sat down to write this post, was that if I had pushed through yesterday, today may not have happened.  So the way I see it;  I would've had a crappy workout yesterday (and possibly felt the same way afterwards if I pushed through it), and I would've either skipped today or had another crappy workout because I wouldn't be feeling totally up to it.  Just by taking that one break, and listening to my body, my motivation and enjoyment continued to move in a positive direction, rather than me struggling through things.  

Our activities, workouts etc should NOT be a struggle!!! They should be a part of the day we look forward to, and something that helps with our stress, not adds to it. 

I took it as a simple reminder.  STOP & LISTEN TO WHAT YOUR BODY IS TELLING YOU. The more you do, the better you'll get at "hearing it".  That will only lead you to greater health as you move forward. :)