Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Why is it I always feel guilty to "take off" a day of working out? My knee-pain gets to the point where I wake up after 8 hours of sleep (and no pressure on them), and they still ache emoticon . Therefore, i take days off to allow them to rest and return to a non-aching starting point.

However, I've noticed when I do this I just feel guilty. I feel like I'm cheating myself. I feel like I'm cheating my goals. I feel like I'm cheating my future baby by not "trying as hard as I can" to get excess weight off before conceiving.

I wish I could keep going and workout pain free. My muscles aching is NEVER the problem. It is always my joints (even though I only walk on a treadmill and use the elliptical for cardio), so you would THINK I wouldn't be putting too much pressure on my knees. Alas, they always scream out in pain after 1-2-3-4 days of exercising (depending on their mood).

I just feel like it sets me back. I feel like it gives me an excuse to take the day off from exercising - and I hate it.
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  • CORKY1303
    Don't feel guilty if you need to take time off. It's more important to listen to your body when it tells you it needs a break. Otherwise you may end up doing more harm than good.

    Could you try to incorporate something like swimming or yoga into your routine? Or any type of low impact activity. I also found that using a foam roller helped me when I was having knee pain. Even thoug it wasn't related to muscles, the stretch from the foam roller tends to help me with the joint pain too.

    2795 days ago
    on these days, try doing some sp videos that don't include much leg work, like maybe a seated arm workout?

    There is no reason at all to beat yourself up about taking a break. Even if you go for a 10-15 minute short stroll, it's something that is not going to be so hard on your legs.

    On these days, you can also focus on mental/emotional healing. Have you tried yoga?

    Hope your knees feel better soon and if not, I suggest a visit to your doctor.

    2796 days ago
    You are pretty normal - work on learning a new way to look at these breaks - you DO NEED them and also DESERVE them.
    2797 days ago
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