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August 16, 2023

The Difference Between Quitting & Listening to Your Body

Everyone has days where they simply don’t feel like working out. Even the world’s top athletes experience this feeling.

The other day, I started my workout. Ten minutes into it, I know I wasn’t feeling my best.

I partied on the weekend, had not been consistent with my sleep, and had a really hard workout the day prior; it was inevitable that my body was not going to be able to perform at 100% of its usual capacity.

I pushed through the weightlifting, but when I started to warm up for my metabolic conditioning piece of the day, I knew I just didn’t have it in me. To avoid possible injury, as well as inevitable disappointment in my performance, I didn’t do the metcon. Instead of getting upset at myself for “quitting”, I tried to reframe my thoughts. I asked myself, “When was the last time you actually quit a workout for no reason?” I couldn’t think of a time I did that without having a legitimate reason why, and I did have my legitimate reasons for why I didn’t do the metcon on this particular day.

I was simply listening to my body and being smart.

Sometimes, taking the intensity down and just doing some weightlifting is the way to go. Other times, as long as you’re mentally and physically able, it’s ok to push through a conditioning piece. And finally, sometimes it’s ok to do neither. If you have a true reason for not being able to work out, then it’s understandable to take a day off.

If you’re having a day where you just don’t feel like it, chances are you’ll feel better after a little food and a good warmup.