I haven’t posted half as much as I had hoped this week and the reason for that is I’ve slowly got more ill all week! I have to admit, being typical me I tried to ignore it last week when I was getting migraines every few days and just generally feeling grotty. I pushed through my workouts and hoped the whole blip would disappear. However this week it really seems to have caught up with me and I now appear to have a virus on top of all the headaches and can’t do very much bar rest….
I have been taking all my vitamins, drinking lots of herbal tea and sleeping as much as I can. As determined as you may be to push through being ill, sometimes you just have to give in to it, even if just for one day. It could be the difference between you having to take that one day out for rest or an entire week, if not more. You’re workouts won’t be as effective and could even just be damaging.
Don't spin your body to out of control by not knowing when to stop!!!!
For me this has been a real lesson in understanding by body isn’t this army tank and I do need to give it a break from time to time. I have to admit I’m still struggling to listen to these messages I’m flogging myself but they are so true! If you ever want to achieve optimum health and wellness you HAVE to listen to your body and work with it, not against it.
Learn to relax
I think I may have been overdoing the cardio the past few weeks and have decided to plan a weeks worth of lower intensity workouts to give my body some much needed time to really recooperate, I wanted to do this to also show you that even if you aren’t feeling you’re best physically (maybe you’re ill, recovering from an illness or maybe you’re just not that fit yet), there are still options to get your body moving and staying in good shape.
I’m also a big believer in feeding your body the good nutrients it needs to be able to get better, although I always feel like eating more snack/junk food when I’m ill, I know it’s not the wisest of things I could be feeding it. Even though I always eat I very healthy diet … I am going to be putting a large emphasis on ensuring I get more carbs this week and plenty of coulourful, fresh fruit and veg.
I have been craving and eating bananas like a monkey this week which are great source of potassium, which is of course much needed for muscle recovery. After listening to my body and recognizing this I can see my muscles are obviously crying out for potassium (which makes perfect sense with all the running I’ve been doing recently) and so I have also decided to start taking a potassium supplement for the next week to give them that extra boost.
I will be posting my lower intensity workout plan tomorrow which so be sure to check back and follow along with me if you think it’s a good plan for you! It’s only a week so why not give it a try!
What foods are you craving and is this your body trying to tell you what it’s after?! And have you ever tried to be a superwomen, push through and ended up making yourself feel worse?! Please share your thoughts and stories!