When to Break the Workout Rules as You Know Them

Long time, no see!  


I took a little time off to re-evaluate how to best make this website work for my business, and for all of us to be our best.  I’m not quite sure I have it figured out yet, but I’m back in the blogging game nonetheless.  :)


I had an interesting conversation with a student at my yoga class last weekend about her decision to take a break from yoga for the summer and how much better she felt.  This really got me thinkin’…


When is it time to take a workout break?


Injuries and illness are obvious, but I have had more than one situation where a break from my typical workouts was just what the doctor ordered.


First of all, what do I mean by break?


A break is, in my opinion, how you define it.  After the marathon, I didn’t work out (except to go for a walk) for a week, and I didn’t try to run again (at least seriously) for about a month.

marathon break

The student I spoke with took off yoga for over a month but stayed active by walking and trying new activities she might not have had time for.


A break isn’t an invitation to stop moving because you don’t feel like it.  (Remember all those times we’ve talked about listening to your body?)


It might be time for a break of some sort if…


You start to dread your workout.

Sometimes, we find ourselves in a workout routine that can be great for keeping active and moving while minimizing skipped workouts.


However, this routine can get so mundane that we find ourselves starting to dread the workout.


In this situation, it’s probably time to take a break what you’ve been doing, even if it’s just for a week, and switch it up.  This novelty is great for your body and mind.


You turn down opportunities to try new things because you have to ______ (run, go to Zumba, etc.).

Here’s another downfall to the elusive routine.  You got into working out (either initially or again) because you likely found something you love, and you were hooked.


Again, this is a great thing, but there are always other great things to try.  It’s important for your body that you switch up your workout on occasion to keep your muscles guessing and to keep yourself interested.


Your workouts never measure up to the time when _____.

When you start comparing your workouts to one of your shining moments (maybe you ran your fastest mile or burned the most calories at your HIIT class), all your other workouts can seem like they aren’t good enough.


Every workout, and every day, is different.  When you start beating yourself up for not being as good as “that day,” it’s time to take a break.


You find yourself pushing it so hard that you don’t feel good afterward.

Sometimes, we all get prideful and push ourselves to our limit.  This has its advantages on occasion, but when you’re doing it over and over, you begin to run the risk of getting injured and/or developing symptoms of overtraining.


Working out has multiple benefits, but the biggest one should be making you feel great about yourself.  When your workout stops doing that for you, it’s time to step back and look at some new possibilities.
Have you ever taken a break from your normal workout for a reason other than injury?  Why did you do it, and how did it help?

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