Today I am not doing so well. I skipped my usual Monday workout. Today is the day I usually go balls out. I got winded yesterday vacuuming (I have a heavy Kirby vacuum which doesn’t help). I got on the treadmill this morning and felt out of breath. Last weekend I fell into a deep unmotivated state (no reason for it either). I am a fit person, but since I overtrained in 2011, I have to watch my activity level. I’ll go months without a problem, but as soon as I get really busy at work I start to see signs.
I had something similar happen a few years ago when I was doing my dissertation research. I was working 50-60 hours a week and driving 1-2 hours one way once a week to perform interviews. I kept my regular workout intensity until I started going downhill. Then I had to scale back on my workouts. Notice, I did not say I stopped working out. I just took it a bit easier.
I’m sharing this because if you are pushing too hard and seeing signs that you need to slow down, DO IT. I do not like skipping workouts. However, I can always do something. I am walking on the treadmill today and I did a yin yoga workout. If you are not familiar with yin yoga, it’s about holding poses for around 5 minutes to stretch your body. You use bolsters at first and get deeper as you go. I plan to take it easy this week. Plenty of yoga. Light yoga. No hard yoga. Yes, yoga can be hard if you have the right workout.
I’ll feel better. BTW- I also take it easy on the calories too when I’m cutting back on the physical activity. Same as when I’m sick. I don’t eat as much to ensure I don’t lose ground on my weight maintenance.
So if you need to take a break, do it. Do lighter workouts until you feel better. Also, watch your fork until you can burn more calories. My hope is that posting this helps other workout in a smarter way. If you want to read the full post on overtraining here it is.