Today was a good day.
Despite the rain/SNOW (yeah you read that right…sadly.) and the freezing temps, I finally motivated myself to go for a run. Not in the “I MUST GO FOR A RUN” sort of way. I just know I have been wimping out because of the weather. I hate being cold so that initial step outside is just AWFUL….but I just have to remind myself that once I start running I warm up real quick! So that’s what I did today, and it worked!!!
[first run with pants, a jacket, and GLOVES]
Gotta take Nike’s lead sometimes:
Going with this fitness focus, I want to discuss some feelings I’ve been having surrounding exercise lately.
If you follow me on Daily Mile (->Friend me on daily mile <-), you know that this week I lightened up my exercise a lot (for me!) and took two active rest days this week. I think varying up exercise intensity is SO important and giving your body a break every once in a while is great too! But the break I took this week was for a slightly different reason.
Every once in a while I get something that I’d describe as exercise anxiety. I start second guessing my abilities and get all nervous before workouts! Lots of overthinking to say the least. For example I will get ready for the workout I have planned and then start thinking “am I gonna be able to finish this? do I really want to workout? this is gonna be hard!”….instead of just getting pumped and hammering out a sweat sesh. I start to forget the great feeling and rush of endorphins I have after working out and end up just wasting a bunch of time feeling anxious! Its so weird!
So earlier in the week I started feeling this “exercise anxiety” again. When this happens I always think its SO weird because exercise is one of my greatest stress relievers! It shouldn’t be causing stress!!
I wanted to see if it stemmed from me needing a break from exercise (thus the lessening of intensity!), me putting to much pressure on myself, or just a weird mental block I was putting up.
Well I can tell ya that its not because my body needed a break or was craving rest. Today I was actually “craaaaving” a run! And I toned down my workouts to see if it was a pressure thing….which it wasn’t.
From what I can gather, I think it’s the change in weather that is causing it this time. I dread the cold whenever I am planning an outdoor workout, and I think those feelings are in turn making me feel all anxious!
All I can say is I HATE feeling like this! Especially since it keeps me from good workout sessions! I just need to keep reminding myself that the cold is only temporary and that the reward of a workout is AMAZING! I wish I could just harness the feeling I get after a workout (like on my run today!!!) and keep it for whenever I am lacking motivation or feeling anxious.
Hopefully I will get out this slump soon. I find myself going through cycles with exercise….some weeks are great and others not so much! So hopefully this rough patch is coming to an end soon
Do you ever experience feelings like this surrounding exercise?
I find myself getting nervous for long runs too for some reason!
What are your thoughts on Exercise Anxiety?
How do you find motivation for winter workouts?
I find that the colder, darker, and more gloomy it gets outside, the more I just want to sit on my butt and snuggle. Workouts get tough!
I’d love to hear your insight on this!