Why You Don’t “Have To” Work Out

 

Disclaimer: I am in no shape or form saying that you should not work out.  I (obviously) am passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle and understand the full benefits of getting your sweat on.

That being said, you don’t have to work out.

I have always loved to sweat.  From softball to basketball to volleyball to track, being an athlete is a part of who I am. I’ll be the first to admit that I can get carried away and obsessive about sweating.  I’m a passionate person and when I dedicate myself to something, I give it my all.  This isn’t exactly healthy, though.

My biggest lesson in the past year is if your place/form of sweat is causing you stress, you’re doing it wrong.  Your workouts should be stress relievers, not stress endusers.

Like I said earlier, I’m a passionate person.  My sweat life has a history of getting the best of me and taking over.  First it was running, and then it was CrossFit.  You refuse to miss workouts.  You assume you’ll be weaker by taking another rest day.  You must push through the pain. It’s easy to think you’re being healthy, because, hello, you’re working out.  Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

I’ve been there.  You give your workouts your all because they make you feel good.  They help you escape.  They help you feel good.  But how good do you really feel if your workouts are controlling you and not the other way around?

I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to work out.  Still sore even after a day of rest? Focus on stretching. (Yoga is just as important as lifting!)  You didn’t PR today?  That does not mean you’re weak.  Not every day is going to be PR day.  In my post Why You Should Step Outside Your Fitness Zone, I talked about the value of switching up your sweat routine.  Well, I’ve taken my advice and have been spreading the love.  And you know what?  I feel healthier than ever.  I may not be making the same gains I was in CrossFit, but I’m not beating myself up over it.

If you ask me, that’s what working out is all about.  Getting your sweat on. Having fun. Feeling good.

2 comments

  1. So glad you’re enjoying my ramblings 😉

    Honestly, just a couple of minutes weekly or daily would be a great place to start. I may be strong, but I am so NOT flexible. Yoga is really big challenge for me. But, it’s help me become so much more grounded and balanced (both physically & mentally!)

    I started at a donation studio and was obsessed. Not only was it basically free but I loved the instructors. Since moving, I was nervous about trying out another studio but it turns out I love my new studio even more! The cues from the instructors just click with me better. I feel myself really getting stronger in the poses and my hamstrings are finally loosening up!

    So, I would suggest (if you’re able to) to check out a couple of different studios. Try different styles too: gentle, warm, hot, bickram…whatever! See what style and studio/instructor suits you.

    There’s some great, short yoga videos online too (like 10-20 minutes long). I really like Bad Yogi’s youtube channel. I would also suggest some pilates videos to help strengthen your core. On this blog post, I post some links to the online videos I use: http://ohmandsplitpea.com/2014/12/10/shvitzing-at-home/

    With online videos, don’t be afraid to film yourself. It’s so important to see what you look like. Form is everything, and you might not know you’re doing something wrong. I’m forever recording myself doing yoga. It helps me see when my hips aren’t square, if my back is rounded or if my shoulders are scrunched towards my ears.

    Which brings to my last piece of advice…modify, modify, modify! Use blocks, use the wall, put your knee to the ground! Whatever helps you get a solid foundation of form. I’ve become a lot better at modifying and I’ve seen faster growth!

    I can’t wait to hear how yoga goes for you! You’ll love it!

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