Welcome to #FitReaders!! Felicia the Geeky Blogger and I are super excited to be co-hosting this fitness-oriented group during 2015. For the months of July – September 2015, Felicia will be hosting the official check-ins. This is my weekly check-in post where I share about my week, and I hope you share about yours as well. You can also catch Felicia’s weekly check-in HERE.
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When I asked you all what was an excuse you use that keeps you from exercise, I heard back from a few of you, “I’m too tired.” I agree whole-heartedly. We are all busy women – some of us have jobs or school that take up most of our day, some have families and homes to care for, some of us have pets and other responsibilities. Regardless of what you do during the daylight (and nighttime) hours, finding time to exercise can be difficult, and unfortunately, is typically the first thing we cut out of our lives. Why? Because we are too tired to make the effort to care for ourselves, when we could use the time to just rest for once.
Being tired is an honest and real thing. We all overdo it trying to be superwomen, and sometimes our bodies do need rest. This is especially important when recovering from illness or an injury. The key is to determine if we are truly tired and in need of a day off, or if we are just being “lazy.”
Here are some of the ways I deal with “being too tired.” First, I give myself permission to do less if needed. I try to get in a walk at least 6 days during the week. If I’m feeling really tired, I will take that day off; however, first I try to tell myself “just go for 20 minutes.” Usually, if I start a walk, I’ll end up doing more than 20 minutes, but knowing that I have given myself permission to stop after 20 minutes makes a difference mentally. Second, I look at my step count. If I am feeling tired and don’t want to exercise, I look to see how much I’ve moved during the day. If I’ve gotten in over 50% of my step goal, I may be more inclined to take the day off than if I’ve only hit 1,000 steps. Allowing some flexibility to move over the course of the day and not exercise is helpful. Third, I look to my friends. That’s what #FitReaders is all about. Are you feeling mentally worn out and in need of a boost? Reach out to a good friend or fellow #FitReader for support. Sometimes knowing someone else is cheering you on can give you the motivation needed to get moving. Or, maybe that person will hold you accountable to finish your exercise when you don’t have the willpower. Finally, remember this isn’t a race but a lifestyle. It really is okay to be tired and take some time off. Think: am I really tired, or just being lazy? One or two days won’t make a huge difference. The key is, don’t let it become a habit. Be kind to yourself, reset, and start again. I repeat… start again! Don’t let your progress slip away, but don’t overdo it.
Now it’s time for you to share… do you have tricks or advice for dealing with feeling too tired to exercise?
Finally, I feel like I’m a bit more myself this week. Being back on a schedule, albeit a crazy, busy one, helped my mental state of mind. I was better able to compartmentalize my day, leaving me time to focus on exercising and eating better. Plus, being so busy left less time for socializing around the neighborhood – no chips and drinks in the evening sunset! This coming week, I want to focus on making more out of my walks – I’ve grown a bit “slow and lazy” while walking, so I am going to try to be more purposeful while moving.
Friday: 35 minutes walking, 10,330 steps/day
Saturday: 47 minutes walking, 12,265 steps/day
Sunday: no exercise, 5,648 steps/day
Monday: 60 minutes walking, 14,780 steps/day
Tuesday: 30 minutes walking, 12,811 steps/day
Wednesday: 40 minutes walking, 11,082 steps/day
Thursday: 55 minutes Body Flow + 51 minutes walking, 13,201 steps/day
* I track two different goals. The first goal is a timed duration of exercise – moving with the intent to raise my heart rate and get in some cardiovascular work. This is what I’m mean when I say “45 minutes walking.” The second goal is total daily steps. This is from my Fitbit, which measures all steps from 12:00AM – 11:59PM, exercise included.
How was your week? Did you hit any milestones? Try a new food or workout? Celebrate your week with us!