Sometimes you might just be over-doing the exercise. It’s true!
My body shut off a few weeks ago and, as much as I jest about Naughty Spice taking over with the drinks and eats, in reality my body just said: ‘Enough, chill!’
The thing is, exercise can become an addiction, and I had to miss a class three weeks ago. This disturbed me – I felt anxious and fretful. But once I had missed it, and there was nothing I could do about it, it was OK…I felt like I had been released in a strange sort of way. I’d freed myself – cold turkey, if you will, from the addiction. And my body is thanking me.
I’m still working out, but I’ve changed up what I am doing, and so it is resting and recuperating – so important for this to happen.
My other concern, or worry, is injury. My job is teaching classes – abs, Zumba, toning. If I injure myself, I am done for – that’s it. My ankles have been playing up recently, and the rest and recovery period will no doubt give them some chance to heal.
And so, I am concentrating on good food as part of the recovery process, like vegetarian spring rolls this very morning for breakfast – yes, breakfast! And the odd treat – it’s OK to treat yourself, really it is!
Claire Bolden McGill is a British expat who lived in Maryland for three years and moved back to the UK in August 2015. Claire wrote about her life as a British expat on the East Coast and now works in travel and hospitality PR in the UK. She still finds time to blog about her repatriation and the reverse culture shock that ensued – and she still hasn’t finished that novel, but she’s working on it. You can contact Claire via twitter on @clairebmcgill or via her blog From America to England.