A common way people sabotage their fitness goals is by overdoing exercise as soon as they try to get back into it. It’s not intentional, but it happens very frequently: you go from couch to running and push hard to “make up for” not having run in a while. Then you get sore or injured and quit…sound familiar? Have you overdone it in the past?
Time to emphasize that we are NOT trying to overcorrect for past behavior. The past is in the past, hindsight is 20/20, and we can learn from looking into our past instead of using it to fuel a current fire. So you haven’t moved your body as much as you’ve wanted to or feel you “should” have. So what? We do not need to push ourselves now to make up for past decisions. Show up right where you are, as you are.
Write about overdoing it. How do you feel about overdoing it? Are you? Did you? Do you tend to? What do you need to tell yourself to move forward now without overcorrecting?
[How to avoid overdoing it: Remind yourself that you don’t need to come out of the gate swinging. You have nothing to prove, you have only to show up. Improvement will come with the showing up. Give yourself time to adjust and plenty of room to grow.]
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