The Fitness Comparison Trap

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Maybe I bring it on myself by following too many fitness blogs, but I find it really hard not to compare myself to some of the uber-fit bloggers out there. Fridays always make me think of this because many bloggers post recaps of their workouts of the week. How in the world do they have the energy to run 10 miles and then do a 90 minute hot yoga class?! Or an hour long spin class followed by cross fit?! I did the whole workout recap myself for a few weeks, but then I started to feel weird about it. If I feel inadequate reading about other people’s workouts, could someone reading my blog possibly think the same thing after seeing mine? I would hope not!

I’ve often wished I could be the person who has the stamina to do multiple workouts a day or even 7 days a week, but I can’t… I would rather have energy for my other activities and avoid injury rather than stress my body with too much exercise. It has taken me a while to get to this point, and I still struggle with comparison.  For example, some people can get away with running 6-7 days a week, while I feel my best when I do only 3-4 a week. I keep thinking about this post on Miz Fit’s blog about exercising intuitively as I seek to learn to be more honest with myself about exercise.

We know–when we’re honest with ourselves–if we wanna skip a workout because we’re feeling lazy or our bodies need the rest.  -MizFit

rest dayWe’ve all had those days where we have been planning to workout and you find it is the LAST thing you want to do. Yes, it isn’t good to skip your workouts all the time, but it’s also ok to take a random day off.You really don’t have to exercise every day to be fit! In fact, this week I have taken a break because I’ve had a bit of a nasty cold. I ran four miles on Sunday and then have not done anything but try to rest up in the evenings. Did I feel guilty that I haven’t worked out at all? A little. However, even though it was sort of a forced break, it has given me a chance to look forward to exercising again because exercise is supposed to be enjoyable! You should never have to workout. You should want to or be excited to workout! Fitness shouldn’t be a chore but something you enjoy doing!    

What do you think? Do you exercise according to plan or based on how you are feeling? Do you ever find yourself comparing your workouts to others?

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