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Why I Sleep In And Skip My Workouts

Stress is our constant companion in contemporary life. Compromising your sleep to attend to your workout needs might drag you through the day, feeling low in energy, moody and tired. This may influence your work and your interaction with family too. It is important to acknowledge and listen to your body's needs to attain and maintain the health you deserve.

In today’s blog post I am sharing my reasons why I sometimes sleep in and skip my workouts (and why you should too).

Did you ever wake up in the morning feeling super tired, like noooo way in hell are you going to leave this comfy warm bed and start your day feeling like a sleep depriving monster? C’moooon, just 5 more minutes?

Ha, I have been there too. In fact, just a couple of days ago I woke up and felt conspicuously tired.

Usually, I absolutely love to get up early in the morning, believe me, I sometimes wonder myself how that happened, but since I changed my lifestyle a couple of years ago, I became a morning person and there is nothing more beautiful than rising with the sun. Full of energy and ready to conquer the world!

Turning on the music, dancing to the bathroom and starting my day with a booty shake. Yes, this is really happening!

But sometimes, it is just different…

Sometimes I wake up and feel like it just was not enough. Not restorative enough. Not long enough. Not good enough. Not deep enough. My body screams, moooore, please!

Pffff, I used to ignore those signs. Hey, I am an entrepreneur, if I am not getting up and stick to my schedule, everything will fall apart. I won’t be successful, I won’t be able to be of service and support others to transform their health.

If I am not able to master myself, who am I to pretend I am able to help other’s to master themselves?

Discipline, right?

There is this saying, “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.”

But here is the thing, you won’t be able to give and provide your best for others if you are not even able to take care of yourself. Boom.

Think about it, if you drag yourself through the day, feeling low in energy, moody and tired – how is that influencing your work, how are you showing up for your clients, how satisfying is your interaction with your hubby and kids?

Truth is, we are bombarded with tasks, meetings, responsibilities, appointments, emails…in other words, there are never enough hours in a day and somehow we never get it all done. Stress is our constant companion.

Especially as entrepreneurial women we are facing a serious risk of burning out and the only way to prevent that, is to become our own best friend and start looking after ourselves. In a very loving, kind and understanding way.

This is easier said than done. I know.

When I woke up super tired a couple of days ago, I had scheduled a workout that exact morning as well and when the alarm went off even the thought of moving and getting out of bed was too exhausting.

I had no idea why I was feeling that way, but I had to make a decision. Am I going to get up and force myself to do the workout or am I going to turn around and get some more sleep?

The old version of mine would have never allowed herself to stay in bed and would already be doing her workout, exhausted and tired, believing it just needs to be done, sometimes even the hard way.

The new me, though, gave herself permission to sleep in, switched off the alarm, turned around and slept like a queen for two more hours.

Of course, if I’d had a client or meeting scheduled that morning I couldn’t have done it, but the fairy godmothers were with me and it was actually possible. It felt soooo good to just say YES to myself, acknowledging my bodies needs and listen.

It turned out that I got my period a bit later that day and my body simply needed all the energy available to her. Truth is, your body and intuition always know best!

So next time you feel like you just did not get enough sleep, give yourself permission to sleep in as well! Without feeling guilty!

Remember, even the busiest goddess needs some extra snooze from time to time.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

Ines Festini

Ines Festini graduated from the University of Vienna and is a certified fitness coach with additional training in nutrition. She strongly believes that leading a healthy and active lifestyle doesn’t need to be complicated nor time consuming and supported already hundreds of clients to successfully reshape their bodies and transform their lives. As an online optimize living coach she supports clients from all over the globe by discovering how to train the smart way (20 minutes is all you need!), eat clean and feel amazing especially when they struggle with time, lack of motivation and energy. She mainly works via Skype and is famous for her most effective 20 minutes.

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