We have all been there. Tired, a little sore (or a lot) and we are due for a workout. But how much should you do? Should you push through being tired? Should you push through achy muscles?
Some experts say “if you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward” in other words, always keep exercising at a high intensity.
Other more conservative fitness experts like myself think that you really need to listen to your body for clues that you may be getting close to injury or being over trained.
Both of which will make it more likely that you quit exercising or have to alter your short term fitness goals.
There is no cookie cutter answer here.
One thing is for sure, the longer and more consistently you exercise on a regular basis, the better the feel you will have for:
- How much you can push yourself
- When that nagging injury is coming back
- When you need to just rest
- When you just need to get up and do something, anything physical but at a lower intensity or amount.