the guilt/pleasure of working out


Not sure about you all, but I receive emails like this pretty often. Between the weekly Fitbit and monthly Peloton summaries, I feel like I get about 2-3 emails like this every week:

  • Here’s what you did this week.

  • You worked out 3 times less this week than last week.

  • You slept an average of 0.5 hours more this week.

  • Your heart rate was all over the place this week.

  • Wow you only worked out twice in the past week and a half. You’ve done better.

  • Why didn’t you enter your food, we can’t obsessively track your calories in + out.

and the list goes on, it seems!


So, I just received an email with this specific calendar graphic a few moments ago and you know what my first thought was?


‘Dang, that last week, how did that happen? I thought I was super active and accessing these workouts as a way to get my day started.’

Then I took a breath and remembered, oh right!


You know what this company doesn’t know? I was in bed, horizontal for about 48 hours with a terrible sinus infection, fever, and could barely keep my eyes open.


Context - something these emailed summaries don’t know and are limited because they can't integrate this information into their data collection process; it’s incomplete.


Context - what you should take into consideration, be aware of, and honor throughout your day and week. It can be the first thing we forget when an emailed summary is sent on a random day and doesn’t meet our self-imposed expectations or how we think the week/month is going.


Context - how I support my clients: listening, sharing what I’m hearing + observing, and discussing everything with you during sessions together.


Don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to have a reason to skip a few workouts, or heck take a whole week+ off!

I was talking with a client the other day and they realized, they could use an 2 extra hours in their day last Saturday. Typically that time is spent working out but instead they went to the farmer’s market, did some laundry, ran some errands, and just chilled out after what was a really wild, full, and stressful week. And you know what, they're so glad they tuned into what their body was asking and felt even more ready for the new week after some time off.


All of this to say, the most important thing is you, honoring your body, understanding how it’s feeling, and knowing what will help you feel your best for the long term. Rest + recovery is and should be a part of that, just like incorporating movement, nutrition, and mindfulness is.


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