Listen to Your Body

You only get one body. That is why it is so important to take care of it. If you are like me, taking care of your body hasn’t always been a priority. Long periods of complacency and not giving it the best fuel eventually lead to it not living up to the expectations you set for it.

But now those dark days of physical neglect are over. You are training that body to be stronger. You are chiseling away all of the undesirable stuff. You are recreating your temple. But remember, it is not the body that let you down. The body did not choose to become soft. You let that happen. Go ahead and push your body to become stronger, but be careful not to overly punish it. Listen to what it has to tell you. There is a difference between driving out the weakness and ignoring the pain. Is the pain fatigue? Or is there something greater? Listen to the signals.

I should have been listening, but I wasn’t. My muscles were getting stronger, but the joints and tendons were not. Old injuries that never properly healed started to make their presence known again, most noticeably in my shoulder.  Logically, I knew I needed to give it time to recover, but I didn’t want to listen. If you don’t have the ability to listen early, the body has a way of making you listen later on. Just hopefully, you do it before it is too late.

It’s going to be a journey. It’s not a sprint to get in shape. –Kerri Walsh Jennings

If this fitness journey is one that lasts a lifetime, take your time. By not rushing, you increase your chances of staying in it for the long haul. Your experience will be much more enjoyable, and your body will thank you for it.