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When Rest is Best

by Faith Judson

This month, I was challenged to take care of my health. It did not look like getting up and heading to the gym, or eating the same amount of food that I do everyday in order to fuel my body.

Instead, it looked like laying on the couch, not being able to go to the gym, and eating soup that doesn’t meet my protein needs. It meant drinking a sugary sports drink when I felt like I was going to pass out, even though consuming that much sugar makes me scream on the inside.

This past week, I had the flu. I had to take care of my health, which went far beyond working out and eating “right.” Most days, taking care of myself consists of these, but not always. It was hard for me to take care of myself the way I needed to and not the way I wanted to.

It is important to take care of your whole self, not just certain aspects. If you neglect to take care of yourself in every area, you are not really living a healthy lifestyle. As hard as it was for me to lay at home, it is what my body needed. It didn’t need to be pushed during a workout - it needed rest (as proven when a workout almost led to passing out).

Make sure that you view your health as a complete lifestyle. We need to take care of our bodies the way they need to be taken care of - and sometimes they need rest. Yes, they also need nutritious food and exercise, but there are times when rest is more important.

I’m not talking about the times when you don’t feel like working out. I’m talking about the times you are sick or your body is completely burnt out. During those times, it’s best for your body and your health to rest, and that’s okay. Don’t get discouraged. Instead, trust that you are taking better care of yourself by resting. Know that your overall health is priority. Besides, the faster you take care of yourself, the sooner you’ll be able to hit the ground running again.


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