5 Steps to Push Yourself Correctly

I try to fit in 3 muscular routines a week, and I usually jog daily, but there are days when I just do not feel like it! Sometimes I am tired, hungry, dehydrated, lacking motivation, or my body is just plain weak. Have you ever felt like this? If you have maybe this post can be of use to you. Following these simple steps will help you get through a workout without overexerting yourself.

#1 – Bodies Need To Rest

Sleep is so important! It is best to get 8 hours of sleep every night.

On the rare occasion that I miss an hour or two, I spend less time working out so that I do not hurt myself with exhaustion. I also know that I need to walk my dog multiple times throughout the day so I limit my jog to reserve energy for my dog (hey… a little rhyme never hurts…Β hehe).Β  πŸ˜‰

Naps are great too! If you have the time, fit one in once in a while! They are a treat!

#2 – Bodies Need Good Food

Eating a healthy breakfast, with fresh lemon water, is a great way to start the day. Fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the day help provide a great energy source.

#3 – Bodies Need Water

Drinking plenty of water is a great way to provide your body with energy. It is best to start your day with one glass before breakfast.

#4 – Bodies Need the Right Mindset

When I am in a great mood I can do great things! And yes you’ve guessed it, when I am in a bad mood I drag my feet during my jog, I do sloppy sit-ups, I even give up on occasion if my mood is really off-beat. So what do I do? Usually praying helps but sometimes I am stubborn and I just need time to get past my funk. To combat this poor mood when it comes I draw, write, go for a slow walk, or find something positive to read on a blog post. Luckily, something eventually snaps me out of it.

#5 – Bodies Need to be Able

I rarely push myself too far. I guess this comfort level comes from years of doing the same thing. I know my limits and I stick to them. Why do I do this? Mainly because if I go too far I am too tired the next day. In years past, I did push myself too far too often which led me to too many break days in between. Nowadays I am able to work out daily because I follow these rules that I set for myself so that I enjoy my exercise. Who wants to work out every day if they do not like it for some reason? Not me. I have learned that this is a part of my life that I want to keep so I do what I can when I can and that is all.

*** With Multiple Sclerosis I have learned a very valuable lesson! I have learned to enjoy what I do physically because not enjoying it could mean that I am harming myself. This is so important to keep in mind because pushing ourselves too far could mean that there is no going back. Keeping ourselves at a pace and/or level that we are able to achieve (without the extra pressure) is the most important lesson of all!

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Over time we simply tend to forget what is good for us so I hope this helps bring it all back together. It is important to follow these basic suggestions so that your body is maintained at the correct pace. Always remember toΒ warm up and sometimes a bigger warm-up is necessary if you are wanting to push yourself a little further.

How do you workout? Are you thinking of your body or just trying to push yourself till you cannot go anymore?

Thank you for stopping by to read this post today. I hope that you have an amazing week!

Christy πŸ™‚

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30 thoughts on “5 Steps to Push Yourself Correctly

  1. 3C Style says:

    I’m still working on a few points. Do need to stop pushing myself too far and rest some more. Thanks for reminding us of the importance of all those things that help us keep well, physicaly and mentaly.

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  2. drtanya@saltedcaramel says:

    That was most insightful.
    What I have learned from this post is that it is important to recognise and remember one’s limits.
    Even for those without MS it makes sense not to overstretch and over burden yourself. Overdoing might increase your output briefly but in the long run it will slow you down

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  3. Vivian says:

    I think you mentioning good rest, food and water is so important. Most of us just don’t drink enough. Christy, I am trying to walk again on short walks to my neighbor’s house but every time I do this I get nauseated…..maybe I’m pushing too much? I’m just wondering if it’s too much exertion for my poor head or just too soon. Big hugs!!πŸ€—πŸ˜£

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    • CHRISTY ISTRATE says:

      Big hugs to you sweet Vivian! Staring slow when returning to a walk/workout is important. Maybe you can take some water with you, pause half way and sit for a sip of water, and then journey the rest of your way. Little by little you can delay the break and one day soon not need the break anymore. I hope that this is helpful. I pause when I need to also. My goal is to always keep my activity pleasurable so that I do it on a daily basis. I am praying for you to find what works for you and for you to have strength to get to your neighbors without feeling nauseous very soon. πŸ™πŸ€—

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      • Vivian says:

        That’s excellent advice Christy! To go slow is hard for me but getting sick is certainly harder. Yes, drinking water as I go is a great idea. I will try that! I used to get sick doing minor housework but that’s improved so I’m feeling hopeful the walking will improve also. I am learning just how much to push myself to benefit from the exercise not harm myself. It’s a very fine line for me. Thank you dear heart! I greatly appreciate the advice!!πŸ€—πŸ€—

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          • Vivian says:

            That’s right! Happy medium, exactly! Right now it’s an unhappy minimum but that’s just how it feels presently and I know things will improve with time. πŸ˜† God bless you Christy!πŸ€—πŸ˜šπŸ™πŸ’•

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