We’re Ba-aaaaack! Lesson of the Last Two Months: We Gotta Listen.

Yes! Finally, after a hiatus that I’ll tell you all about soon soon soon, Every48 is back up and running. Thanks for your patience.

Here’s just a smidgen of what I learned in the last two months—all of it applicable to the message of this blog.

When something happens to our bodies, we gotta listen.

"Hello?" "Hi, this is your body speaking. You need to listen to what I'm telling you." And so it was for the last two months. Body speaks, mind must listen. And it all worked out. (Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)
“Hello?” “Hi, this is your body speaking. You need to listen to what I’m telling you.” And so it was for the last two months. Body speaks, mind must listen. And it all worked out. (Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

That’s all there is to it. We can will ourselves to do a certain amount, whether in our workouts, or our work life, or our family life. We might even be able to talk ourselves into more than we think our bodies can handle, once in a while (like pulling an all-nighter for a big project, or finishing a marathon—those are both major mind over matter situations).

Here’s what we just can’t do. We can’t ignore what our bodies are telling us, when what they’re telling us is absolutely for our own good. Bodies are wise that way. Especially when we live in a way that honors our health, it’s possible to trust a whole lot of what we’re getting back from them.

And so it was in mid-December, when this body suddenly got a jolt unlike any it has ever had before. I’ll share the details soon, but it’s all good—just one of those times in a person’s life when rest becomes absolutely paramount, and trying to will ourselves out of resting when all our bodies are saying is “REST!” just isn’t possible. That meant writing about working out wasn’t working for a little while there. So, there are still ten days of the Twelve Gifts of Fitness to complete, and I just wanted to wait until the voice that was here for you was an authentic, alive one—not just somebody trying to phone it in, in order to keep to an external schedule of one sort or another.

Having said that…and yes, I’ll share more about my “situation” soon…here’s what I’ve learned in the last two months:

  1. When we’re fit and healthy, we can trust our bodies to tell us what they really need.
  2. When we’re up for it, vigorous exercise (the  stuff that makes our hearts pound just a little harder and our muscles work just a bit more) is really, really good for us. Not just the body, but the mind, our moods, our energy – the whole shebang.
  3. When our bodies are telling us that we need a break, it is beyond okay to listen to that voice, because our bodies have some pretty ridiculously amazing wisdom to share with us when we’re quiet enough to listen.

More tomorrow…and yes, glad to be back!

Today’s Every48 workout: A 60-minute triathlon SWIM class at my gym. Lots of fast intervals with emphasis on getting a full freestyle stroke in (especially the “push” underwater at the end of the stroke, which is but one of my nemeses in the pool). Yummy, and now I feel great.

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