Working and Resting

how-to-read-body-languageThe day after my first good workout of the year is starting off with the question as to whether or not I am ready for round two today. While my enthusiasm is telling me to push forward with another workout routine, the logical side of me is telling me to continue to rest until tomorrow.

Although I know that it makes perfect sense to not push myself when my body speaks to me there is something inside that screams “Just Do It”. Historically this voice has pushed me through training programs when I was much younger than today but based on both my age and demand of my work day I am starting to think that a good plan of attack to get through enough exercise may only require that I do it every other day. Some of the most successful workout routines always involve the rest day in-between the workout days.

There is something that lies deep within me that causes me to be over competitive in most things that I do. Although it has fueled my energies to accomplish many difficult things in my life I believe that it is time to start learning how to take a step back. Most of us want to be the best they can at what ever it is they are doing, but in certain circumstances it is just not necessary and actually become something negative rather than positive.

Rest is necessary in all things that we do and thus gives us those two days a week we call the weekend that serve to break up the work week to provide us with the time to relax and take our minds off of work. Each day I am given a one hour lunch break where usually I place my leftovers in the microwave and spend about ten minutes eating them and rushing off to get back to work. That one hour lunch break if taken correctly is an important rest period that breaks up the day and I have been encouraged by others to take advantage of it.

How many subliminal messages have entered my brain during the course of my life which have brainwashed my thoughts of success? I don’t need to go through the list and I know it is long. How about live, love and enjoy life? How many times do we see or here quotes like these? Not many as they do not represent productivity and don’t fuel this earn and spend culture we currently live in.

The bottom line is that I am not a machine who has to wake up each day and try to push a little harder each morning in a busy workout routine. I work out because I want to work out. I do it because it makes me feel good. But on the other hand I don’t want to feel like the deep thoughts which are buried in the recesses of my brain are forcing me to do it. But if I change my pattern of thought to doing those things alone that bring pleasure I would eat anything I can get my hands on and live on my couch.

No, there has to be a balance in all things we do or those same things could make us go mad. For right now I will find my balance in setting up just three workout days per week. I will set my sights of Monday, Wednesday and Friday but during the course of this weekly routine I will also understand that I am not obligated to do anything I don’t feel is right. If I feel I need additional rest it will be OK to just move my routine to the next day. And on days where I feel I have the extra energy and want to do nothing more than workout then I may get an extra day in during the week.

Either way I will start to train myself to read my own body and discover what is right for me. I will stop listening to those thoughts in my head that try to push me forward just to push me forward. I am not a world class athlete who depends on his own physical condition to overcome an opponent to define victory. I am a 55 year old man trying to keep my body body and mind healthy each day to try to guarantee many more healthy days ahead. It is simple yet it is always me who insists on making it complicated.

So guess what? You got it. No workout today.
Blood Sugar- 99, Weight- 190.6

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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6 Responses to Working and Resting

  1. Jenn Prime says:

    You are absolutely on the right path. I have found, as I age, that listening to my body is more important than ever. You don’t always have to agree with it, but listen, nonetheless. After all, a mind needs a body to haul it around. It is the combination of mind and body that carries us.

  2. You are spot on with “I am not obligated to do anything I don’t feel is right!” Someone once gave me some advice about my workouts, “If it makes you grimace, don’t do it. If it makes your heart sing, do it! I apply that strategy to many, many things on the voyage!

  3. Yes you have to listen to your body. I have found in the past that the Mon, Wed, Fri plan works awesome! I would then get some fun exercise on other days, like a speed walk in nature or some fun sport-tai chi or yoga or skating or anything else. Now with the fibro being so bad, I have to just do a little exercise on as many good days as I can, but sometimes that backfires, especially after a long flare or before one if I think I am OK, but not.

  4. says:

    Stunning quest there. What happened after? Goood luck!

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