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Reflection: Restore

  
|| RESTORE || If you are an ambitious person as I am, sometimes you have to remind yourself to take the time to restore. I keep myself busy doing the things that I love, accomplishing goals, and working towards new ones. Before I finish one project, I am often thinking about and working on the next, and the next, and the next one. I stay productive and like to keep the momentum going. My body however, sometimes tells me to pump my brakes, and I have learned to listen to it.

The other day I decided to get an early start, so woke up and took a 7am class. That class was followed by a casting, then gymnastics, then dance, then another class, then teaching Pilates until 9pm. Although I had a lot of energy and felt pretty good throughout the day, I got home feeling completely exhausted and passed out on the couch…clothes on, lights on, no dinner, and no shower (this happens often). 

The next morning I woke up and could barely move. Wtf was I thinking doing so much the day before?? Oh, I know… I was trying to accomplish things and having fun doing so (I really was). I had plans to teach and take multiple classes but decided to end my day early. 

After work, I took a Pilates class which felt good, and then I spent hours catching up with my BFF. I got home early and passed out again but this time at 830pm. I’m pretty sure I slept for about 10 hours that night, and my body definitely needed the rest.

I listened to my body and so made my schedule a little lighter for the rest of the week. I allowed myself to get home and to bed earlier, and I booked a much needed massage. When the weekend came, I let myself sleep in a bit and gave my body 2 days of rest. I still did a morning practice of seated meditation but focused on my breath and being still rather than working out like a maniac.

Monday is here and I feel rested and recharged for the upcoming week. It can be difficult to slow down when you are driven but it is essential that we give our bodies rest. It is fine to work hard and to push ourselves, but if we push to the point of exhaustion, we will have nothing more to give. Do yourself a favor by taking time during the week to restore. In order to show up and be fully present each day with energy and enthusiasm, we must allow ourselves to rest.

[Photo by Aggie Photos]

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Monday Moves: Balance Control Front

 

(Photo by Audrey Lackey) 

Balance Control Front, performed on the Pilates reformer, is an exercise that strengthens the shoulders, core, and challenges the balance!

I’m wearing the Nova Capri by Splits59.

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Monday Moves: Mermaid

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(Photo by Nina Robinson)

Mermaid is a wonderful exercise from Pilates matwork for stretching the sides of the waist. It’s also more fun when performed with a friend!

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Monday Moves: Side Splits

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(Photo by Aggie Photos)

Side Splits performed on the Pilates reformer strengthens the adductors, abductors, and glutes (inner and outer thighs, and booty!). Standing exercises like this one are a great way to improve balance and posture.

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Monday Moves: Grasshopper on the Ladder Barrel

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(Photo by Aggie Photos)

Grasshopper on the Ladder Barrel strengthens the back muscles, abdominals, glutes, and hamstrings.

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