We all have those days where no matter how happy we are with our exercise regime, we just don’t much fancy it. Sometimes, those days can go on and on and on, to the point where we wonder if we’re ever going to get our groove back when it comes to keeping fit.
There are a variety of reasons this can happen. Boredom is often a problem when it comes to working out, and it’s also always possible that the rest of our lives will become so busy we just don’t have the time to workout the way we might otherwise choose to. However, what if the problem is a purely physical one – you’re tired, perhaps even sore from previous gym over-exertions, and just don’t feel like putting your body through your usual grueling routine?
We all need to switch things up every once in awhile. For those days when you can’t face running and need something a little calmer, then these options should be able to help you out.
Yoga is often talked of as if it’s a cure-all, the one thing that everyone should try. The reason for this is… it’s a cure-all, that everyone should try! Sometimes, if something has such good reviews across a spectrum of people, it’s because it’s every bit as good as it sounds.
Don’t worry about not being flexible, either. A simple yoga workout can focus more on breathing, gentle stretches, and relaxation than anything you need to be double-jointed to achieve. It’s low-impact and feels good to do, so it’s perfect for those days when you’re just not feeling at your best.
Swimming is the closest you can get to floating, weightless, in outer space – without having to leave earth, anyway. It’s the perfect answer if your body is tired or sore from previous exertions, giving you the chance to recharge your batteries without worrying about sustaining future injury.
A few gentle laps followed with a dip in the gym hot tub should help you reinvigorate yourself, but without causing any excessive strain.
When you’re a fitness fanatic, it’s easy to forget that walking is a viable form of exercise. It burns calories; admittedly not as much as cycling or running, but it’s still a form of cardiovascular exercise.
It also has the benefit of being gentle, especially if you do it in a gym setting. Just walking on a treadmill might sound lazy, but it’s better than doing nothing, and will prevent any further upsets to your body. Take it gentle for 15 minutes and reintroduce yourself back to your normal regime slowly, taking breaks when you feel even the mildest glimmer of pain.
The above are the three best options for still being able to workout when your body is feeling not quite up to its usual standard. Gentle exercise is better than none at all, and you will likely find it gets the blood pumping and healing accelerated faster than just sitting around. So why not give one of these a try the next time your body is protesting the idea of slugging it out at the gym?