I wasn’t planning on writing this today. I sitting on my laptop, tissues paper next to me, eyes flapping of tiredness, hands almost shaky. Moments of sickness is when you start to realize your weakness as a human. I preach on this blog about healthy living and always prioritizing your health through exercise, but how do you do that when you’re sick? What do you do when you can barely move or haven’t been able to exercise in 4 days? What do you do when you have no strength or motivation to even do anything?
That is something I am still trying to figure out. Sometimes it’s easy for me to just say workout everyday, but the reality is that things happen. You get sick, a loved one gets sick and now you have to take care of them. It is hard to balance life. But through these days passing by, I have realized one thing:
Your progress is not lost. You might think because you skip a day or two or maybe several days that it’s not worth it to go back to your routine, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
It’s ok to be in denial
As someone who is regularly active, I rarely get sick. Moments like this, bring me back to earth. It makes me more empathetic towards others. After 2 days of not working out, I had felt a little bit better, so I decided to do an upper body workout with weights. As soon as I lifted the weights, I felt every single bones in my body repelling it. I slowly put my weights down and pulled out a mat. There I was warrior pose, vinyasa and all. Can you guess why?
I listened to my body.
Listen to your body
It’s normal to feel like you’ll lose your progress when you’re suddenly stuck to your bed or you can’t hold yourself upright. Sickness isn’t fun, but sometimes it’s a way for us to slow down and rest. I used to be obsessed with working out that no matter how I was feeling, I would be at the gym.
I thought missing a day would revert me back to day one. Well, that’s not true. The best way you can keep your progress is by listening to your body. If you feel that repelling feeling from your bones, maybe it’s time to stop and just stretch.
I’m not a big fan of stretching for the same reason that I’m not a fan of staying still, but if there is one thing I learned through my fitness journey is that stillness is needed in order to move with purpose. You can’t train your body if you don’t train your mind.
As much as I think that yoga is boring and roll my eyes every time I have to do a vinyasa pose, I know it’s good for my body regardless of my feeling towards it. You see, stretching is just as important as working out with full intensity.
If you miss lifting weights like I do or just jumping around like I do, stretching is a way for you to still be active. Yes, it counts as working out too. Yoga improves your strength, balance and flexibility (John Hopkins Medicine). You’re still being active. Not everyday needs to be a high intensity day. Do some meditation, sit in silence, regenerate your thoughts, watch what you’re thinking about.
Fitness is more than your body, it is your mind first. So take time to make those muscles flexible, will ya? Great. Plus I love me some downward dog and child pose– THAT, I don’t mind.
Sometimes, when our health is in jeopardy, we start to realize how fragile life can be. It can make you into two way: Focusing on your sickness and all the things you can’t do at the moment or you can be grateful for everything else and maybe even the fact that you are sick.
I CHOOSE to see it this way:
I am grateful for the computer I am typing on right now and the wi-fi that is allowing me to reach you to wherever you are reading this because I know that you need to see this message. I know you are reading this for a reason.
I am grateful for the fact that I am able to rest and slow down (even if the conditions agents ideal). Because of this, I now know what others are feeling when they tell me that one thing messed up their whole routine. I get it now. And if that is you, I want you to know that you will get better. You still can make progress and you do that by taking care of yourself.
Progress isn’t just getting six pack abs and a slim waist. Progress is consistently doing the things that make you feel good inside and out. Progress is listening to your body.
So, now. Write 3 things that you are grateful for. Sip some tea or drink some water. Be still and carry on.
I hope this helped you go through your tough as I am going through mine right now. Please take care of yourself. That is my one true wish for you.