|Now if I fell asleep on the bike, |
I'd be drooling and looking
a lot less attractive...but I feel
your lethargy sista!
Yes, exercise does energize and "we" usually feel better after it, but sometimes (those times when only a bowl of hot buttered popcorn and a good movie will do) you just gotta say "no" to exercise. In the spirit of a Nike quote...just don't do it!
I have to admit, lately I have been less than excited about my workouts.I need excitement. I need group dynamic. I need energizing music. It is a fact that boredom is one of the reasons why we drop out of exercise altogether. That and lack of social support. In addition, studies have looked at the power of music in exercise and suggest that those that exercise to tunes will burn more calories and enjoy their workouts more. For me, I'm just bored.
I dragged my ass to the elliptical for 30 minutes and after 10 was negotiating with myself that 20 was enough. I then proceeded to the weight room where I found a reason to avoid a certain exercise and leave early to lie on the floor for a while....stretching is my favorite thing right now (or at least lying on the floor with my eye closed is).
There are times when you would rather stick your hand in hot oil than go for a workout or eat a salad...for me, today is one of them. This is the reality of behaviour change or healthy living, sometimes acting "healthy" isn't going to cut it. Sometimes you need that time you would be exercising to slip into a hot bath with a glass of red wine and a good book. Sometimes you need to stop off at the gas station for a bag of chips. When this happens to you, no matter what, never feel guilty, never apologize, and never make excuses. You will get back to the healthy stuff.....just not now.
We all need a break, a rest, a plate of nachos, or a hot bath. Take one of my clients for example, she and I were working on a healthy eating plan when all of a sudden she experienced one of life's fast ones. Those things that blindside us, that kick the crap out of us, and that certainly don't make us want to choose veggies over fish and chips. My suggestion to her was to leave this healthy eating stuff and focus on self-care; do what she had to do to feel better (and you know what? sometimes emotional eating does help...and sometimes there is a place for that no matter what nutritionist or researcher says about it).
Have a rejuvenating weekend!