Bad mood.. No time...
How many of us have used this excuse to get out of workouts???? I had reached a phase in my life where everything was usually planned and workouts helped me with my mood but...the past one month was not a very nice time for me, I'm not talking about bad mood because of small arguments or no time because of work pressures, sometimes life happens and things suddenly take a turn for the worst.
Till now I have always managed to stick to my workout when my mood was bad or when I was stressed and almost all the time I would come back happier from the gym. So even this time when I was stressed I had planned to stick to my workout routine and healthy eating habits...but this time my level of stress was a lot higher so I really found it difficult to get to the gym, it was more about getting ready and getting out than just wanting to sleep. Initially in the first week I did try and go for my classes but when I was attending one of my zumba classes I got so frustrated because I was in no mood to listen to music and dance I just stopped mid way and walked out (big surprise!!! How was my workout not making me feel better??)
I was still not willing to give up my workout or healthy eating but after that episode I did relax my routine a lot. I realised the importance of mental health, so for the last month I did work out just based on how I was feeling. I did go for long jogs (no sprinting, no increase in my speed) just comfortable long jogs where I could think, some days I broke my workouts into smaller routines of 20 minutes (1 hour on the whole) I did lot of workouts at home, I did not stick to my regular time instead worked out when I felt like it...sometimes even late at night (I was having trouble sleeping so I worked out). I may have not burnt the same amount of calories as my usual workouts but I managed to workout 5 days a week (That made me happy)
This month was a learning experience for me (entire post on that coming soon) from a healthy lifestyle perspective I realised planning might not work, other things become a priority, sometimes we cannot make it in time for the gym to be open, sometimes a complete 1 hour is difficult to fit in but that does not mean no workouts that just means going with the flow.