Have you ever listened to what your body is telling you? Our body gives us various signs throughout the day on what it needs or how it’s feeling. This holds true when you are working out. Listening and honoring your body is key to a happy and healthy life.
I try very hard to listen and respect my body. One of the many things I took away from my acupuncturist is respect the body especially during my monthly cycle. Our body is already going through enough, no need to add to it.
Yesterday when I woke up I felt off and depleted. It didn’t help the weather has been a little crazy with big temperature changes causing a little sinus pressure. I knew the depletion was coming from being on my cycle. Ugh! What I did know, I still wanted to get a workout in but knew a run wasn’t what my body needed.
When my body needs a little extra support I reach for my essential oils. (Yes, I love my oily lifestyle that I have created. My oils have been a huge part of keeping our home a happy and healthy one.) I knew I was going to need a little added motivation so I applied RC over my sinuses. RC’s energetic aroma is perfect to smell while working out. I also applied peppermint to the back of my neck and forehead to provide a boost of positivity during my workout. The refreshing aroma of peppermint does the trick every time.
Days like these I love having the ability to get a good workout in at home on the zero runner without actually running. ( Click here to read more about the zero runner.) I logged 4 miles in 27 minutes and I felt great. I listened to my body and used the elliptical function instead of running. I was able to get my heart rate up and challenge my body without over doing it. Within the first mile I felt a difference on how I felt overall. I no longer felt depleted and off. My head wasn’t feeling funky and I was happy I listened to what my body was telling me and didn’t over do it.
When I woke up today I was ready to tackle my run and embrace how I was feeling. I applied peppermint essential oil and jumped on the zero runner and ran 4 miles. I debated between 3.5 or 4 miles and wanted to see how I felt after the first mile. I listened and went for the 4 miles. It was a sweaty 4 miles and I loved every minute of it.
There is no reason to force my body to do something it doesn’t want to do or isn’t feeling up to it. There is a big difference between forcing and challenging. I will refer to a pilates rollup. You start off laying on the ground on your back with your arms over head and your legs zipped up together. You inhale as you reach your arms up to the ceiling, exhale as you create a “c” spine and reach toward your toes. Inhale arms reach up and exhale you slowly lower your body back down on the mat. Through this move you peel each vertebrae off the mat and then place them gently down on the mat. Your core and back work together throughout this move. The key is to remove momentum and slowly rollup and slowly lower all the way down. This move is challenging and rewarding at the same time. I still remember my first attempt at doing a pilates rollup. I didn’t get it on the first try. I had to continue to honor and respect my body and build up to the full rollup. It’s a marathon not a sprint. It’s easy to force your way through it, however the after math of forcing is not rewarding and usually causes a injury. I remind myself that my body is working with me and not against me. It wants me to master different moves safe and effectively. With continued practice I have been able to master advanced pilates moves.
Throughout my fitness journey I have been able to expand my knowledge on pilates. I started out with getting certified in mat pilates. I then moved onto intermediate and advanced mat pilates which motivated me to getting certified in Pilates Reformer. My continued practice has helped keep my core and back strong. There are days when my body isn’t responding how I would like it to. During these times I honor what my body is telling me and I make the choice to respect it.