It’s Okay to say, “Don’t Do it!”

The common theme I see circulating on social media is the “give it your all” philosophy.

No excuses!

Just Do it!

Set goals, then demolish them!

Be stronger than your excuses.

Wake up. Work out. Look hot. Kick ass.

Never miss a Monday!

The Grind Includes Friday! (TGIF)

Conquer it!

No Rest Days!

Kill it!

I’m sure if you follow fitness accounts on the gram or any other social media forum, you have seen such mantras too. Nothing is wrong with these quotes. They have motivated me on many an occasion. I just don’t believe we should be disappointed with ourselves when we are simply not in the mood to, “kill it,” “crush it” or “demolish it.”  I am now at the stage in my life where, yes, I do enjoy the aesthetic side of  looking better or fitting in my jeans that were too tight to go over my thighs five years ago, but to me, fitness is much more. It is also about feeling good as I age. I want to be mobile, strong and healthy the older I become. I want to maintain my physical health as best as I can.

The week after Easter I skipped the gym entirely. I ate and indulged over the long Easter break (have you had my mom’s Easter bun?!) and typically my old mentality was that I better hit the gym strong after the vacation is over. I was off on Easter Monday and had plans to return to my workouts on Tuesday. I got in my car after work, set with my gym bag and yoga mat. There was something inside me that was just not feeling it. I am not sure if I was feeling lethargic, unmotivated, lazy or all three. Something inside me told me to bypass the gym and go home, and that is exactly what I did. This feeling stuck with me all week. The only physical activity I did was a walk one time with my friend (upon which we treated ourselves to a Frappacino at Starbucks instead of walking.) We really wanted the Unicorn frap that is supposed to be all the calories in the world, but that particular location was not making them anymore for the evening.

A few years ago this week of slothfulness would have killed me with guilt and self-depreciating thoughts of being a failure. This time? Not in the least. I enjoyed my week of sitting on couch, cooking dinners with Andy and catching up on my Real Housewives of Toronto. No guilt present!  Don’t get me wrong, I believe physical activity should be a part of your regular routine and love to be active, but I want my relationship with this same physical activity to be a healthy one. I don’t ever want the ability to move to feel like a chore, as I had in the past.

The following week I returned to my workouts feeling stronger and more invigorated than ever. I signed up for bootcamp at my gym as well. I truly believe the rest from doing the same thing on the same days at the same time was just getting to me. From then on I decided if I need to take an unplanned break, I will. If I want to workout from dusk till dawn, I will.

In this day of mantras of conquering, killing, and crushing, don’t forget doing what is right for you is also doing those things but in another way.

Ain’t nothing wrong with a little down time.

 tired monday sam sleeping lazy GIF

 

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8 thoughts on “It’s Okay to say, “Don’t Do it!”

  1. The hardest lesson for people to learn is that it is what is right for you AND it is OK not to do what everyone else is saying you have to do… many of these peeps end up injuring themselves and many don’t let their bod recover after injuries leading to long term injuries…. it is fine to take rest days & even like what you did. Getting back after a week is perfect.. for some longer than that can lead them to not ever going back but only you know you… xoxo

    1. This is really the fine line for me Jody. So, so true! If I go beyond a week it has in the past turned into two weeks of rest, then one month. This was a down fall, because it was extremely hard to get back into the swing of things for me. You do have to be especially mindful of not falling into that trap.
      Not resting from an injury or never resting will certainly lead to a long term setback.
      Have an amazing week! 😘

  2. This is a good reminder to give ourselves permission to take workout breaks without feeling guilty. I think the key, as you said, is to remain active but that doesn’t always have to mean “just do it” “conquer it” and “kill it”.

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