Yesterday we had another snow day. I really think this snow storm was worse than “Blizzard Juno” butI think that’s because we really didn’t get the blizzard conditions that were expected so that storm was more hype then anything.
We got about 10 inches of snow from Sunday night to late afternoon Monday.. and this snow was not light & fluffy it was heavy & wet! I literally spent an hour shoveling and felt like I got no where! I thought I was tired but I think the snow was just kicking my butt. My legs were tired, my arms were tired, and I got cold!
Thankfully Marc did the other half (the harder side)
Last night I was thinking about a post and immediately this trainer tip came to mind:
Trainer Tip Tuesday #11: Listen to your body
I find myself listening to my body for EVERYTHING! Our bodies are SO smart. They tell us when they are hungry, tired, energized, happy, sad, stressed, anxious, sore, injured, I think you get it.
When it comes to Health & Fitness, here are some ways I listen to my body:
- When I am sick I rest unless I have a head cold. Sometimes exercising makes me feel better but I usually will know within the first few minutes and if my body says no I stop and I will make sure to “lay on the couch!”
- When I have an injury I rest. There’s a difference between being sore or having aches and pains that don’t go away or nag at you day in and day out. Those signals should not be ignored. Over the course of the last 4 years I have had a torn hip labrum (I had surgery) and I broke my collarbone a year ago. Those injuries side lined me for a long time. Mentally it was a huge challenge (but that is another blog post). I did however, listen to my body and of course my doctor’s orders. I immediately took the amount of time that was necessary for my body to heal.
- I make sleep a priority. Seriously guys I turn into a pumpkin at 10pm. I get up early for work so its crucial that I am asleep right around 10 that way I can get between 7-8 hrs. When I get 5 hours I get run down and I don’t function!! Luckily I’m not one to hit snooze but the days that I feel like I need more sleep are usually the nights when I don’t get to bed on time or Ava has a surprise for us in the middle of the night. Sleep is key for health & fitness success!!!
- If you feel pain with anything you should STOP. Yesterday I started to get some pain in my shoulder while shoveling. I immediately stopped and came inside to ice. I was so frustrated and I can’t even begin to tell you how mad I get when I feel pain. Injuries are not fun and with my job they just can’t happen so I am glad I did the right thing. You should never push through pain and if you are taking a fitness class or working with a trainer you should always let them know if something doesn’t feel right.
I use these ice packs when I need to ice my shoulder or hip, I love that they have the velcro strap it makes it so much easier to keep the ice in place!
I could go on and on about how I listen to my body when it is hungry or thirsty or when it tells me not to do something but I know you can all relate in some way or another. The point is, if you listen to your bodies cues you can successfully live a healthy & happy fit life!!
For more tips, check out the links below!
Trainer Tip #10: Take your Warm-up Seriously!
Trainer Tip #9 Keep your muscles confused
Trainer Tip #8: Make time for yourself
Trainer Tip #7: Get more out of your Group Fitness Class
Trainer Tip #6 Choose exercise that you enjoy doing
Trainer Tip #5 Quality vs Quantity
Trainer Tip #4 Lift a little heavier
Trainer Tip #3 A short workout is better then no workout
Trainer Tip #2 Exercising outdoors
Trainer Tip Tuesday #1: If you don’t like an exercise, start doing it!
What are some ways you have or have not listened to your body?
Have you ever pushed through pain and did it lead to an injury?