Hit A Wall? Here’s What You Need to Get Over It
By Danielle Michels
Ever have those times where you’re like, “yeah, I found my stride; I’m motivated, I’m working hard, making progress, nothing can get in my way,” that is, until you wake up one morning and you just feel like you’ve slammed in to a wall?
Your body is kind of stiff, you’re in this sleepy/cozy mood that can’t be shaken, and it’s not that you don’t want to workout, you do, it’s just that your body is saying, “ugh, you can do it if you want, but it’s not going to be awesome.”
Sometimes this feeling happens not because we’ve overexercised or we’re hitting a motivational plateau, but because we haven’t been properly integrating other things in to our fitness routines that prevent the “wall slam feeling.”
If you’ve experienced this feeling recently, take a look at some of things you might be missing:
Proper Warm Up and Cool Down
We completely understand that fitting a workout in to your day can be tough. It’s only 45-minutes, but if were easy, well, everyone would do it.
However, if you’re not allotting at least five extra minutes of your time in the gym to a proper warm-up and cool down (okay, so that’s technically 10 minutes) you’re holding your body back from reaching its full potential both during and after your workouts.
You’ll be preventing injury and preparing your muscles for optimum performance, and isn’t that what you’re trying to achieve with your workout?
Even if you’re a group-fitness junkie where class time includes a warm up and cool down, you may still need do a little extra on your own. Do a brisk walk on a treadmill for 5 minutes before class or do some extra static stretching afterwards for those areas you feel like your muscles need a little more attention.
I promise if you start making it a point to do a proper warm up and cool down, you won’t feel like you’ve spontaneously aged twenty years when you get out of bed the next day.
This could be part of the warm up/ cool down section, but once you start foam rolling you’ll understand why it needs it’s own category.
Foam rolling is really a love/hate for most people, but I think the majority of it is love. Foam rolling your muscles allows for improved muscle recovery and assists in keeping your muscles elastic and ready to perform at a moment’s notice.
Although it can be a tad painful, your body will thank you later by not tightening up or creating muscle strain in areas that are difficult to stretch, such as your IT band.
If you’re not sure how to foam-roll properly, ask a VIDA personal trainer about how you can get a quick info session on how to properly foam roll or cool down after a tough workout.
Basically, yoga. Yoga is by far one of the best workouts you can do to ensure you’re focusing on what your body is telling you.
When we put all of our energy in to workouts that are intense and all about pushing through the burn and getting our blood pumping, it tends to drown out anything our body might be telling us unless it an intense, sharp message.
For example, when I’m doing a hard hitting workout rarely do I notice my little shoulder problem because my whole body is in an “amped up” mode. When I’m in yoga, it’s much easier to “hear” what parts of my body need special care, and then I make sure to tend to them.
Yoga requires introspection, a slowed down process that is more conscious, and once you are more in-tune with your body it will carry over in to every other area of your fitness routine. And before you know it you won’t hit a wall that holds you back from doing the workout you want to.
If you’re doing the same thing day in and day out, and week after week, your body might just be telling you it wants something different.
In the same way that your motivation can decline with the same ‘ol, same ‘ol routine, your body will subconsciously get tired of it too.
Try a workout that fires up your muscles and get’s your heart rate up in different ways, and even though you may be feeling sore the next day, you won’t be feeling lethargic.