After taking a 3 week vacation from the workout circuit, I have slowly begun feeling like I'm moving a bit slower and having a more difficult time getting going in the morning. The need to get up and do something has been building like a pot about to boil over on an unattended stove and finally today I gave in and got outside.
I didn't dive headfirst into a "too much too soon" workout though. I've done that in the past and have finally learned that doing so leads to disastrous results. The last thing I want to do now that I'm ready to get back into my workout is to pull a muscle or stretch a tendon. No, instead I headed out the door with Pooch (he looked far too comfortable sleeping on the couch) at my side and the two of us plunked along on a mile walk around the neighborhood.
The walk was amazing despite the cool weather and foggy mist that left my sweatshirt drenched after 15 minutes of moving around in it. Just being out and moving coaxed my body into releasing some of that pent up energy and now I'm feeling ready to tackle the rest of my "to-dos" with gusto.
If you have gotten back into the rut of taking too much time away from your workout... take heart. You aren't the only one feeling the guilt and shame of replacing afternoon walks with 5lbs. of fudge. Now that the holidays are over, it's time to put down the ladle of gravy and put on those sneakers! Let's get back in motion before Valentine's Day rolls around.