Lately one of the few things keeping me sane is exercising.
I have found that when all else has gone to hell that fitness is a constant. Fighting with your boyfriend? Pound the pavement with a run and get a release. Had a bad day at work? Hitting the gym can push those endorphins into hyper-speed. Exercising has a way of staying constant when all else has gone a little bit nutty.
I have found that sometimes what I truly need on a bad day is a run. Going out for a run changes my whole mood and perspective. Even a walk by myself can help me clear my mind and relax a bit. But squat jumps or a shaky sweat at the barre helps get the feelings out just as easily.
I’m extremely lucky to have a partner who understands this. He knows that I am the best version of myself after a sweat session and that I’m not myself when I can’t find time to workout. So for me, exercising has become such a consistent part of my life that I become anxious or down when I am without it. For many reasons this is great, it means that fitness has become such an important part of my life that it is ingrained in my routine. Unfortunately that also means that I am a chronic sufferer of exercise guilt.
When I miss a workout I don’t only feel less like myself, but I also beat myself up for skipping it or not being able to fit it in my schedule. I have worked hard to remind myself that rest days are useful, and that sometimes my body needs a break, but those negative thoughts creep in. Do any of you suffer from this?
For me, skipping a workout feels like a failure, but I am working diligently to retrain my brain that that is not the case. Life happens and there isn’t always time for a sweat session, and that is okay! It doesn’t change who you are as a person or seriously impact your overall health if you miss a run or a lifting session. Staying consistent and happy is what’s key, and sometimes that means allowing yourself to miss that barre class or that long run. Do what is best for you and you will start to feel great!