Healthy and Happy…bring back the sanity.
Bree: Last week, I spent a crazy 4 days in Phoenix, visiting friends, family, and running my first marathon. Yay, Bree. What an awesome feeling. I don’t think I would have cared if it took me 8 hours to run it so long as I completed it, AND I DID! (Sorry, the excitement seems to multiply as the soreness fades.) At any rate, I spent the following day doing absolutely nada, and returned home two days later, opting to go the gym and, well, stretch really. I did a little arm work, but mostly sat in the corner on a mat stretching and stretching, then doing some more stretching. You get the idea. The two days following stretchapalooza were filled with cleaning, cooking and family commitments, which mean no gym time. I nearly had an anxiety attack…I think. I don’t typically have anxiety, so it was more like a dramatic attack. Missing out on the gym after carb-loading for a week? Missing the gym after stopping running almost daily? Missing the gym after a stressful return to work and home? Umm, yep. The gym is always going to be there when I need it, but taking a break helps me be ready for the gym.
Tara and I talk a lot about how working out helps us relieve stress, feel more energized, and just be more all-around happy people. It’s true. Workout Bree and Workout Tara are a good time. Healthy is happy. However, anyone can get a case of too much of a good thing. Working out has to fit into your lifestyle, not monopolize it. For me, it’s easy to ignore things like family and friends, cooking and cleaning, in order to get in some “Bree time” at the gym. Even if I just go to a class or stretch for a million hours, I associate the gym with happy time. Eventually, everything else I’m ignoring or brushing aside starts to rise up in the form of imbalance and healthy Bree is no longer happy because health isn’t just defined by activity level.
So, take a rest day. Take a rest week - whatever you need to tend to your mental/emotional health. When you come back, your mindset will thank you and so will your body.
Just don’t take a rest month.
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