Lazy Happens! Tips to handle those lazy days

It’s 12:33 on a Wednesday afternoon, I’m on my lunch break, wiping Gold Fish dust from my fingers and preparing to dive into a homemade, kinda-healthy-if-didn’t-eat-the-whole-thing pizza. I haven’t worked out really since Sunday morning and I’m feeling oh-so lazy! Wait. . . did I mention, I’m a lover of fitness, and I’m training for a marathon?

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But I’m not going to freak out. Nope. Laziness happens. Instead, I’m going to enjoy this pizza, keep on blogging and browsing the web, and get right back on track first thing in the AM! In my book, laziness and fitness can coexist. The trick is to not let the laziness overcome you and wreak havoc on your goals. What can you do to snap yourself out of a lazy spell, you ask? Well let me tell you!

If you take nothing away from this just remember: none of those fit people you see on social media are perfect. I’m not perfect. You’re not perfect. But we can still be awesome and have our lazy days too!

Don’t Bully Yourself. Take a deep breath. Recognize that you are human, you are fricking awesome and you’ve already accomplished so much over these last however many weeks, months or days. You can be lazy sometimes! It’s literally impossible to go nonstop without the inevitable burnout. In fact, some lazy time will probably do you well! It can stop you from burning out–especially if you’re juggling work responsibilities, a social life, and family ON TOP of trying to be a more wonderful, healthier you. So, before you shame yourself into getting back to work, enjoy the down time that you’ve worked so hard for.

Give Yourself A Lazy Cut Off: Now this piece of advice is easier said than done, but I find that allowing myself to be lazy for a day, or a couple of hours, or any time period with a defined end in sight helps me to enjoy my time, and keeps me from going overboard. But what if you’ve already entered Day 5 of your lazy spree? That’s OK too. We all fall off! Whether you’re on Day 5 or Month 15, declare the end of your lazy time. Mark this time with a brisk walk around the neighborhood, or doing some chores around the house. You want to ease yourself from lazy to active so as not to scare your brain from doing any activity at all!

Take Some Baby Steps Back into Your Routine: This point is pretty personal to me as I’ve taken off several days from running, knowing that I have dozens of miles to complete this week for my training plan. Instead of jumping right back into an 8 mile run tomorrow, I’m going to run 3 miles at a steady pace so that my heart remembers what it’s like to work a little harder and my feet can reuinte with the pavement.

For your transition, the last thing you want to do in this situation is go from Lazy to Crazy and hurt yourself. So, whatever routine you need to jump back into, take it slow at first. If weight training, reduce your normal weight and reps and warm those muscles up before you squat 210 lbs. If running, take a day or two of short runs so your body is prepared for the real challenge of your next long run. If just getting back to eating healthy, start with your favorite green smoothie to fill you up and keep you from longing for the Oreos from your lazy past.

If you take nothing away from this just remember: none of those fit people you see on social media are perfect. I’m not perfect. You’re not perfect. But we can still be awesome and have our lazy days too!

Until next time, keep it moving! (unless it’s your lazy day)

Sharita J

Copyright August 2015

Comments 5

  1. Tammi
    August 7, 2015

    Yep, agree! Sometimes I find that having a lazy day or two (i.e. where I eat lots of junk food/drink lots of wine/watch lots of reality tv) actually motivates me to go even harder in the gym or to eat healthier than I had been before taking that little break. I find it a useful strategy when I feel like I’ve plateaued or just gotten too caught up in my own routine. Glad to know that I’m not alone…it does make me feel better that this can happen to you too 🙂

    1. August 8, 2015

      You’re definitely not alone! Thanks for your comment Tammi! 🙂 #BeLazy lol

  2. August 8, 2015

    I love this! Sometimes “lazy” is your body demanding more recovery time. It was great to mettle today.

    1. August 8, 2015

      Definitely! This week in particular, my body was trying to fight off a cold, so she told me to sit the heck down, so I listened! lol

      Lovely meeting you too! 🙂

  3. August 9, 2015

    great points! I’m a firm believer in life happens. It won’t be the end of the world if you cut yourself a break and give your body what it may be asking for. As long as it has a limit and doesn’t overwhelm you #lazyhappens 🙂

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