Y’know, except for those times when I’m recovering from an injury, I always put 100 % into my workouts – even if I’m strapped for time and can only spare 10 or 20 minutes (this rarely happens for me nowadays) I put everything into my workout. I want to leave the gym or a class feeling like I really accomplished something. I want to feel like I earned that sweat or those gloriously sore muscles.
Last week I hurt my back at the gym – I tweaked an old (serious) injury and the following few days I was in pain and hobbling around…..the fact that I was able to dress myself those days was a feat in itself. And although I’d had plans for exercise I played it smart and safe and took a few days off. Last night I did 30 minutes of yoga (from the P90X series, which is a little bonkers) and felt really good to get those stretches in and start a little sweat. But once the back pain reared its head I decided I’d had enough.
Tonight I felt good and strong and ready to go. I just finished a great workout – I didn’t overdo it and definitely didn’t do anything that I knew would leave me hobbling for the rest of the week. But what I did do I did full beast mode.
(Note* – I don’t encourage or condone working out while injured. I am a professional with a history of a recurring back injury and I know my limits.)
What my body was capable of I let it do. And what my mind new better of, I made sure to avoid.