Knowing when to rest vs making excuses can be pretty murky waters.

Do you:
-routinely tell yourself you’re going to workout but then decide you’re too tired and are better off taking a rest day, ultimately missing a lot of workouts?
OR

-push through & run your body into the ground, not taking an unscheduled rest day, no matter what.⁣⁣
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Whichever you are, you might be wondering whether you’re doing the right thing.⁣⁣ This article will help you tell the difference:

Signs You’re Making Excuses⁣⁣

You:⁣⁣
-Typically get enough restful sleep OR⁣⁣
-Get less than 6 hours sleep for reasons 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯 your control (watching TV, scrolling social media)⁣⁣
-Aren’t under a lot of stress⁣⁣
-Skip several workouts per month⁣⁣
-Bargain with yourself, saying you’ll just get it done at another time but then never do⁣⁣
-Rarely regret doing a workout and always feel better afterward⁣⁣
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If your health is a priority, you need to be showing up for yourself consistently. This means following through on what you need to do, even if you don’t feel like it in the moment.⁣⁣
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Try this:⁣⁣
-If you’re trying to become a morning person, set your clothes out & do as much as you can the night before⁣⁣ so you can go on autopilot when the alarm goes off.
-Develop a bedtime ritual to get more/better sleep⁣⁣
Know exactly what you’ll do for a workout⁣⁣
-Give yourself a reasonable time limit ⁣⁣
-Have accountability⁣⁣
-Find the time of day that feels the easiest to follow through⁣⁣

⁣⁣Signs You Need Rest

You’re:⁣⁣
-Regularly getting less than 6 hours sleep for reasons 𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦 your control (kids, busy time at work, medical condition)⁣⁣
-Under an unusual amount of stress
-Typically very disciplined but occasionally just can’t muster the energy to get it done⁣⁣
-Recovering from an injury or illness that you just can’t shake⁣⁣
-Regularly forcing yourself to workout but feel worse afterward⁣⁣
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Treating your body with love & kindness, giving it rest when necessary, is crucial for overall health.⁣⁣
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Try this:⁣⁣
-Prioritize stress relief (journaling, meditation, nature walks)⁣⁣
-Do more restorative workouts (yoga, stretching, lower intensity cardio)⁣⁣
-Build in 2-3 mandatory rest days per week⁣⁣
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