It’s just past six in the morning. Most people in town are probably asleep. The other students are certainly asleep.
Without fail (mostly), my friend Rebecca and I meet every morning for an energizing jog.
Yes, is summer, it is Germany and we are college students. Yes, maybe we are a little crazy.
But, it’s worth it. I am one of “those people” who truly enjoys working out.
It is the one part of the day when I can put all books aside and clear my mind. No matter how crunched for time I feel, even with devoting an hour or so to exercise I am still able to accomplish everything on my to-do list.
I know that a good workout has the ability to solve many of life’s greatest problems…
The thing is, my body doesn’t always see it that way.
Sometimes, despite how much I yearn to head out for a jog or have a Pilates session, my body just refuses to allow it.
Frequently I push through the pain. While I may feel better in the moment, the aches just reemerge the next day, only exacerbating the original problem.
The cycle never seems to end until I am finally able to convince myself to take a day (meaning a minimum of 24-hours/two nights of sleep) off of working out.
I usually end up wringing my hands together, gazing longingly at my yoga mat or even reaching for my running shoes.
But, I make it. The world still turns. The sun still rises.
The next day, with a remarkable sense of renewal, I feel capable of working out.
My endurance is increased, my energy is up and my spirits are high. In that moment I realize the importance of taking a break from exercise every now and then.
Yet, this epiphany always seems to slip my mind just as quickly as it appeared.
Soon I am back to the old cycle of refusing to take a day off…
Question: Do you ever experience the struggle to rationalize taking a break from working out? Do you have a designated day of rest or just take a break when your body needs it?