Listen to your Body

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Happy Wednesday!  I have been having a fantastic week...and not because anything spectacular has happened, but I have been super positive this week and it has really made a difference for me!

Today I want to talk about listening to your body.  I had an experience last week that made me decide to write about this because of how important it is!

Last week I had KILLER workouts on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Thursday morning comes along and I am so sore that it hurt just to get out of bed (and I am talking about everything - legs, booty, abs, and upper body).  I went to the gym in the morning not motivated at all, but did my workout anyways (even though it wasn't the best).  As the day goes on my shoulders started hurting.  At first it was just a little bit, but by the end of the day I couldn't lift my arms above 90 degrees (pain-wise not sore-wise).

Well Friday morning rolls around and things are not better.  Everything from before was sore and now I am even more sore from Thursday!  My body was fatigued, my mind was worn out, and I was just exhausted!  I decided that what would help me most is a recovery day (I usually do resistance HIIT on Friday's).  For me sometimes a recovery day can be a rest day or sometimes that just means finding something to do that will help my body and mind feel better.  That specific day consisted of 30 minutes of spin and 30 minutes of stretching.

YOU GUYS, I can't stress how important it is to listen to your body!!!  When your body is asking for a rest, take it!!!  (But, that doesn't mean don't go to the gym when you're just tired or sore). There is a difference between being sore and being in pain.  Pain can consist of things like aches, throbbing, sharp pain, and much more.  It is absolutely necessary that you get to know your body.  Learn to know when you can push through things and when to back off.  

When your body gives you certain symptoms, that means your body needs a break.  TAKE THE BREAK!! It will save you from burning out physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually! Rest and rejuvenation will help to prepare you to live out your life and fulfill your goals without the burnout.  

On the other hand, we all have bad days where we have no motivation.  No motivation and being tired are COMPLETELY different!  The days when you go to the gym even when you lack motivation are actually the most important days.  Those are the days that you are actually getting stronger!

Moral of the day: Get to know your body and listen to what you NEED (not necessarily what you WANT).  The truth is a day off (when needed) will be 10X more productive and it will help you reach your goals FASTER than if you force your body to do something it doesn't want to.

I love you all!  Have an amazing week!

XO, Kenz

Count Your Blessings...

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Happy Wednesday!

Our lives are often so busy that we forget to stop and think about all of the things that we have to be thankful for (especially some of the most simple things we take advantage of).  The saying "You don't know what you have till it's gone" is so true!!  There are so many things in my life that I don't even think about that really make a huge difference (ie. when you stub your toes and realize how much your toes really do!! haha).

I think it is so important that we remember all of the things we are blessed with (especially with all of the tragic events going on in the world...we have so much to be thankful for).  Make it a goal to count your blessings EVERY SINGLE DAY!  I promise that it will make a big difference in your life and you will feel so much more blessed when you think about all that you have been given!

Ten things we forget to be thankful for:

  1. Having a place to live (something we so often forget is a blessing because we have had it our whole lives)
  2. The ability to walk, talk, jump, and run (our bodies are absolutely incredible!)
  3. Food and water (something that we don't even think about but also something that other people don't even have)
  4. A car (as long as its gets you from point A to point B that's all that matters!)
  5. The ability to reach your dreams (we are so blessed to live in a time and place where we can accomplish anything we put our minds to)
  6. The opportunity to go to work (I love what I do and am thankful that I have the opportunity to help provide for my family)
  7. Education <-- Knowledge is power 
  8. A healthy body (even when you have health issues, there is still so much to be grateful for with your body)
  9. Internet (think about how much you use the internet and how different life would be without it)
  10. Telephones (it makes a huge difference being able to communicate with loved ones who may be hundreds of miles away that you otherwise may not be able to communicate with often)

The list of blessings could go on and on, but my point is BE GRATEFUL!!  Everything you have could be taken away in the blink of an eye.  Count your blessings.  Take advantage of them. And live life to the fullest!

XO, Kenz