5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Skipping a Workout
Physical activity is a monumental part of living with a chronic illness. If you have Type One Diabetes, exercise can help balance and manage blood sugar levels. When you follow an exercise regimen with Type Two Diabetes, you can even unlock the possibility of reversal. Same goes for joint disorders, intestinal illnesses, and anything of the sort. If you are exercising you WILL feel improvement. This doesn't mean someone with a curved spine and a deteriorated hip should be running marathons, but all of us (chronic illness or not) should be aiming for thirty minutes of movement every day.
1. WHAT HURTS?
Spend about five minutes figuring out exactly what's wrong. What are the symptoms attributed to? Can you do anything immediate to find some relief?
2. WILL THE SYMPTOMS LAST ALL DAY, OR ARE THEY TEMPORARY?
If your symptoms will be gone in a few hours, reschedule your workout. If you think you're actually better off spending the day on the couch binge watching Netflix, then go for it. You know your body best.
3. WOULD LIGHT EXERCISE MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER?
One of the best things I ever did was join a gym with a pool, hot tub, and sauna. On those days where lifting weights and doing more intense cardio is not an option, I'm able to do some combination of those three things. Even if you just spend 20 minutes in the sauna stretching you will know that at least you did something. Side note: swimming is AMAZING when you're hurting.
4. WHAT ROLE IS YOUR MIND PLAYING IN THIS DECISION?
Sometimes it is easy to wake up, feel a little off, and write off happiness for the rest of the day. Try to be mindful and aware, and know when you are overthinking and making your problems worse. If depression, anxiety, sadness, annoyance, or anything of the sort is playing any role in your decision, that is even more of a reason to start moving.
5. HOW WILL YOU FEEL AFTER YOU SKIP YOUR WORKOUT?
If you skip the workout and stay in bed, will you later wish that you had just done it? Is it worth getting up and trying? If you're on the fence about it, just try! What is the worst that can happen? If you begin, and feel like it wasn't a good idea, then stop! At least you will be able to know that you tried.
Bottom line, don't beat yourself up for missing a workout. Sometimes things are out of your control. Take as much control of your disease as you can, make positive changes, work at improving yourself every day. That is all you can do. If you can confidently say that you are caring for yourself to the best of your ability, there is absolutely no reason to practice negative self-talk.
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