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Exercise Burn Out is Actually a Good Thing For Me

Monday, January 23, 2017

I had and interesting day yesterday. I finished my 19th consecutive day of at least 10 minutes of exercise! I should have felt great! Right? Instead I was exhausted. So exhausted that all I could do was go lie down. That was pretty odd. But maybe it was because I was still hanging on to the last remnants of the cold I had on New Years. And boy, this was really giving my anxiety and getting me down. It didn't help that my foot has been super sore for several days. It really makes me want to snap. And to make matters worse, I could not get to sleep at bedtime, no matter how much I knew I needed to in order to get up in the morning and work out. Then I remembered an article I read on SparkPeople. I'll try to link to it here, but it talks about overtraining. When I brought it up, I saw myself ALL OVER that article. But here why it is a good thing. My brain has changed. Before, I would have said "woo hoo! I have an excuse to not exercise!" Today, I'm looking at it differently. I'm thinking about all of my exercises, and considering what I can do that is low impact, low stress but keeps me moving, like yoga. I'm excited to head home tonight and do a low key workout which will not break my streak, be something different, and let me recover and rest!

BTW - the link didn't work, so the article is called 7 Hidden Signs of Overtraining. Check it out. It is a very insightful read!
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