Today’s Fit Friday’s post is written by guest blogger Karen.
“Take care of your body; it’s the only place you have to live.”
Our bodies are magnificent things, your feet and legs support you as you walk and wander through the day. Your torso and back support you as you lift, turn, and move in all directions to see the world around you. Your arms and hands move and grip things, helping to feed and fuel yourself. Your shoulders and neck support your head which encapsulates and protects your most vital muscle, your brain. And then there are your complex set of organs, muscles, and tissues that intertwine within your body, keeping you running at top notch.
Every day our bodies work incredibly hard; work, exercise, and ongoing stressors. You’d think with all this work we’d allow them to rest more than seven hours each night, we’d keep calm when chaos hits, and we’d remain in bed until we get over that head cold.
What happens when we don’t let our bodies rest, recover and just be still? At the far end they break down, but most often what we see is injury, sickness, and just feeling rundown. It’s your body’s way of telling you to SLOW DOWN! But how often do we hear this screaming message? How often do we stop to check-in with our body and really listen?
Too many times in the past have I gotten up too early, rushed to the gym and pushed through a workout only to feel exhausted and crabby afterward. How stupid was I back then! I was tired, sore, and was just pushing too hard in all areas of my life. Clearly, I needed the extra sleep and rest, not a workout!
I think we often forget, whether, in the gym or life, we need rest and recovery in order to perform better and better each day. Pushing hard every single day, in the gym or the office will only lead you head first into a wall. Yes, you need to put the time and work in to make progress, but running yourself into a state where you can no longer come up with creative ideas, think deeply on complex problems, or make progress in your workouts, is just asking for disaster.
Now I’m sure you’re thinking that you can handle the go-go- go life and that you thrive on it, but remember a few things:
- Rest allows you to solidify what your mind and body have just learned. The only way to improve is to build on this solidity. Rest.
- Adequate (and consistent) sleep has been proven to help you solve problems and think and act quicker( 1 ) (i.e. want to be more efficient in your day?). Sleep.
- Some things are irreversible. Remember your long-term health. Recover.
- You only have 1 body, once it’s damaged or gone that’s it. Take care.
Your body is you. It’s the only one you’ve got. Work with your body and not against it. By truly listening to what your body is telling you, you can work together to live your ultimate best life.
Thank you, Karen for sharing such great reminders to take care of ourselves! Be sure to leave her some love in the comments before you head over to her blog to connect with her! What reminder did you find most useful? Feel free to share in the comments!