We work out, train, exercise, or whatever we want to call it because we want to change our bodies.
We want to lose some fat.
Build some strength.
Look, feel, and perform awesome.
Yet many of us spin our wheels.
Often, this is because we’re approaching our movement practice from no angle other than “more is better”.
Sure, intensity has its place.
You might have built your capacity and skill to a point where it’s appropriate.
You might enjoy blowing off some steam.
You might appreciate competing with folks with similar interests.
Ultimately, though, you’re looking for some specific physical changes.
In that light, it’s not what happens during your training, but what happens afterwards, that you really want.
You want to stress your body so that it can adapt.
Allow your muscles to grow and neurons to develop.
Lift more weights.
Allow your cardiovascular system to develop.
The training – the stress – is only one part of the picture.
That rest, that time for adaptation, is critical.
Your training may not be the only source of stress in your life, either.
A demanding job.
We’ve only got so much capacity for stress.
Will adding workouts with no goal but to sweat and feel sore, day in and day out, to an already overly stressful lifestyle create a strong, healthy body?
At some point, the wheels will fall off the bus.
It’s okay to dial things back.
To not crush yourself.
To slow down.
You are worthy of a long, healthy, fulfilling life.
You are worthy of putting yourself first.
Of treating yourself with care.
Consider how your stressors – in particular your training – align with that end.
You are worthy.
You’ve got this.