- You are injured:
- Do no work out. Rest up and if you don't see improvement, see a doctor.
- You are tired: Are you not getting enough sleep? Burning the candle at both ends? Overextending yourself and shopping at the mall for the holiday presents? Staying up late buying SpongeBob Chia pets and The clapper on the internet? (Confession: I really, really want Santa to bring me those items)
- Take a day or two off and try to catch up on being rested. Force yourself to go to bed earlier if you have the time. It's not smart to train when you are tired as you can risk injury. Plus you'll feel like crap and hate your workout. That's a lose-lose.
- You are sick:
- The general guideline is as follows: If your symptoms are from the neck up (i.e. a simple cold), you can train if you wish. If you have fever, chills etc = symptoms are 'from the neck down' (i.e. the flu), do not train. It would probably take a minor miracle for you to train with the flu anyway. Rest up.
- By the way, the flu vaccine cannot give you the flu, despite common beliefs. The vaccine is made from killed virus. Read a doctor's view about this on Medscape here and the CDC's statement here. My purely unscientific theory is that people remember to get their vaccines when they see people around them getting sick. Chances are, they are already infected but not yet symptomatic. So when they get the vaccine, then get sick, they blame the vaccine.
- You are just plain lazy: What to do? This is the tough one with which I often struggle. Have you been working out a lot recently? Are you bored with your workout routine? Is it raining/snowing outside and you'd rather be curled up with your cat/dog/chia-pet by the fireplace? Things to think about:
- If you choose to wrangle yourself to go anyway, you will almost always not regret it. You will feel accomplished and want to jump in the air afterward and give yourself a high five, although people may stare.
- Sometimes gratitude can help: Be thankful that you have arms and legs that work; that you can afford a gym membership with talented teachers. This sometimes gets me out the door.
- If you choose to stay put, try not to beat yourself up. Instead, relish the rest and know that your next workout will be all the more kickazz.
- If you are kindasorta lazy, and the issue is getting dressed and leaving the house, you can do a quick 15-20 minute lunge and squat routine like this one at home, even in your pajamas! Trust me, even this little routine can get you good-sore. You can also add in a minute of jump roping between sets as demonstrated here.
Making marmalade. I thought it would be fun. I was wrong. Very wrong. It was awful, horrible, sticky, messy, dangerous. I will not provide a recipe. I wouldn't wish citrus-marmalade making on my worst enemy. And I won't even know if it was a success for TWO WEEKS!
|Two hours of blood sweat and tears and this is all I got. .|
Meeting friends for lunch and a good chitchat:
|Blurry iphone photo of Lynn from The Actor's Diet and Ameena from Fancy That...Fancy This. Great company as always.|
Watching the little ones play Peekaboo:
Getting a massage:
Taking a drive with friends:
Taking a nap:
|Obviously, Samantha doesn't sleep as well as I do.|
Running to the post office to mail the Blogger Charity Calendars in time for Christmas:
|Yes, it's true. I still have some calendars left! If you'd like one, click here. If you missed the extra photos, click here.|
Q: For those days that you 'just don't wanna' exercise, what would you rather be doing? And how do you motivate yourself to train when you 'just don't wanna'?