Workouts and Comparing Yourself to Others

I often get asked “how often do you work out?” I normally work out 6 days a week. I do a mix of cardio, strength, and flexibility and mix up hard intense workouts with easier ones. I find that is what suits me best. I don’t beat myself up if I miss a workout nor do I try to “catch up” in my training, for me that leads to injury

Some of my clients find this disheartening. I tell them I didn’t start out exercising 6 days a week. I started with doing fitness videos 3 days for 20 minutes and it was tough at first. As I got stronger I added an extra day and then I added time. Eventually I joined a gym where I worked with a trainer to develop a routine I could do on my own.

Even now I still work with a trainer on occasion and I add new workouts in. Both running and Pilates were challenging when I started; I had to give myself time to build my muscles and my endurance.

I’ve been sick with a cold and strong cough the past week. I skipped working out for a few days and after a few days my body ached from needing to move a bit. I kept the workout light because anything strenuous made my chest burn and the coughing start. I’ll pick up my regular routine when I feel up to it.

Why am I sharing this? Because too we compare ourselves to others and beat ourselves up over what we aren’t doing. Too often we believe that we should push through illness, bad days, or pain in order to reach our goals.It’s not a sign of weakness to give your body the rest that it needs and deserves. It is rather a sign of strength that you can step back and give yourself a break.

Remember you know your body best, not your trainer and not your fitness instructors. Challenge yourself by all means but don’t injure yourself to get there.

Do you need help on setting healthy goals for yourself? Email me at, janinemchale@empoweredplate.com, to set up a consultation. Together we can come with a plan that works for you and your lifestyle.