It’s important to listen to our bodies and know when to take a break and when to ignore it and keep on exercising. Although it’s wonderful if you are managing to keep a fit schedule of exercise three times a week and an active lifestyle, don’t over push yourself when you are ill. If you come down with a flu or get ill, don’t be so hard on yourself. Give your body a break.
Give it a break when it needs it. Not when the “mind” needs it.
I know myself that I get lazy and tend to want to stop running or going to the gym, so I make myself go by telling myself “No excuses.” I make myself get up and go. It works wonders. I go to the gymn and I exercise. I feel wonderful.
Sometimes though, I tell myself “No excuses” even when I need to stop and just let my body rest. I catch myself not yet fully recovered yet I want to go so that I am still on schedule. It becomes a little obsession that I have to make my quota of at least twice a week.
As with anything, it’s best not to be obessed. As Buddhism teaches us, follow the “middle-path.” Do everything in moderation. Make the experience enjoyable and fun. If your body is telling you to “stop”, stop and let it rest for a bit. However, make sure it’s not just an excuse to stop exercising !!
Take a “break” if your body needs it. Just make sure it isn’t a permanent break. Make a schedule of when to start getting back on track to exercise after you’ve fully recovered. Don’t let your exercise stop for more than a week. This way, you can sustain being “healthy!”
Happy running! (I went running already since my recovery and will continue to do so!)