Does you body ever just feel like it is rejecting you? You have a cold that won’t let go, exhaustion but can’t sleep, and your mind is craving a workout but your legs feel like lead? That is how you know it is time for a day…or two…gasp, THREE days off! Intuitive eating means you honor your physical cues over your emotional or mental cravings. Yes, exercise means mental toughness and pushing past your body’s limits, but sometimes we really need to listen to our bodies and give it a rest! Your stomach growls when you are hungry, your body tells you when you need to pee, but when we are dragging, tired, sick, and no have energy left, we usually push through and try to complete the workout plan anyways. The truth is, if you take a rest, you will probably have a much, much better workout the next day, which basically cancels out your day off! Your muscles have time to recover and rebuild, and rather than having an extended period of mediocre workouts you can get back to your usual high intensity much sooner.
I have literally been sick for 4 weeks with some kind of sinus infection / cold / virus (a typical state of mine throughout study abroad), and I have been trying to suck it up and push through in order to continue my workout consistency. But when I kept getting worse I decided enough was enough so I have not exercised in 3 days (besides a lot of biking–it is Denmark after all)! I am really itching to get back to it but I am already starting to feel better. Instead, I spent the evening at Tivoli (a famous amusement park in Copenhagen), listening to a wonderful up and coming artist, Jada, with some friends! So take care of yourselves people, listen to your bodies, and practice intuitive exercise 🙂