Exercising is Kicking my Butt

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For the majority of the day on Sunday I felt like I had been in a drunken bar fight the night before.** My body ached, I was stiff, my muscles were fatigued and I was lethargic…A hot mess I tell you!

As I mentioned in this post about embracing my body image, I’ve been attending spinning and pilates classes, and for not only my physical health, but my mental health.

On Sunday after spinning, my physical and mental health were shot—and it was official, my exercise session kicked my butt to the curb!

Like I said in my confessions post, I’ve “exercised,” but it has generally been intermittent, not a daily regimen.

I’ve heard of muscle memory before…that after a while your body gets better at doing the activity because it adapts to the movements. But a month out, my muscles don’t seem to remember sh*t and I am struggling my friends!

For those of you regular exercise enthusiasts can you help me? What’s going on? How long does it take (generally speaking) to feel like my body is finally in the groove?

**I’ve never been in a bar fight, so if my description is off, please know I was only using it to get your attention, not from actual experience. :)

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  1. It’s like that saying “it doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger.” I think the time it takes to adapt depends on each individual. I started doing yoga regularly at the beginning of January and it probably took me a month and a half to two months to feel like I wasn’t dying in Power and Hot Pilates. My advice is to just keep going. That’s what I keep telling myself. One day you’ll be able to tell you’re stronger. There were a few times holding side plank or doing push ups and I just thought “how am I still doing this?” It’s like my mind didn’t expect me to do it but my body was strong enough to hold it longer or do more push ups than last time. Also, if you feel like death, take a day off. Listen to your body. It might be telling you it needs to recover. Then when you feel like you can walk again, jump back in. Keep going – you can do it!

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  2. Rose says

    I get in and out of the groove all the time-I finally broke down and joined a gym here in NYC, but ended up not being able to make it (unless I got up at the crack of dawn/on little sleep) for almost two weeks! Then I went several times in a row, then I had a busy week where I couldn’t, then I got the flu, then I went again, then I had to take an emergency trip home…so I feel ya, I can’t seem to get back into it right now (even though I can feel it in my body that I really, really need to). I’ve been doing the gym-cardio & swimming, also yoga classes once a week or so, and the occasional dance class. The more important thing is that you just stay active! You’ll know when you really need to go. And keep reminding yourself of how good you feel when you do!

    xx
    Rose
    Blonde in this City

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