There is much that could be said about the virtues of taking Rest Days, scheduling Down Time, honoring Quiet Moments, and taking the occasional, proverbial Chill Pill.
In fact, we're real big fans of that kind of stuff around here.
“Listen to your body!” is an oft-used, highly-revered refrain around checking in with one's self around how far/fast one is taking a workout, with good reason: knowing when your body needs to rest is a fundamentally important skill to hone for a successful fitness journey.
Without rest, you risk injury, exhaustion, burnout.
There’s a flipside to all that resting, and it’s one I’d like you to consider today: how do you respond when given the opportunity to #push yourself?
We grow through effort.
Only when you #push yourself will you *really* know the full extent of your capabilities.
Sometimes, what we think we can do and what we can actually do are off by a few degrees. When that happens, it’s usually our assumptions that are wrong.
When you #push yourself, that’s when you get stronger, faster, leaner, and fiercer.
That extra moment of oomph is how your stamina develops, your endurance grows, your flexibility increases, and your confidence builds.
Don’t #push yourself, like, EVER, and you risk perpetual mediocrity, status quo, and boredom on the cusp of stagnation - blech.
What I know for sure about every person reading this right now is that there isn’t a mediocre soul among us - we are built for excellence, and we have the power to #push ourselves there.
I challenge you to look for ways to #push yourself.
It doesn’t have to be big, just a smidge more than you perhaps were initially planning. Get up off that couch after the long work day. Finish the entire minute of mountain climbers. Complete the whole set of bicep curls. Entertain a different perspective that stretches your worldview.
#Push your beautiful self out of your comfort zone, into the dazzling light of possibility.
I promise you it's worth it.