It's been a while... I had to take a week or so off from my entries to get set up in a new city.It's very difficult to stay healthy when you're thrown off your routine. Moving often means many meals out, and certainly skipped workouts! So how do you get back into it after you've taken a bit of a hiatus? One of the first things I did was go grocery shopping, once my feet were planted in my new space. Let's face it - eating out over and over again starts to feel so dissatisfying. You know the restaurant has zapped the nutrients and blanketed the foods with sodium and sugar. I really start to miss real, fresh food from my own kitchen. It suddenly feels like a luxury to have your kettle set up, fresh fruit in the fruit bowl, and rye bread ready to hit the toaster.

Deciding what to do workout-wise when you're absolutely covered in bruises, the home to about 500 new muscle knots and throbbing forearms is a bit trickier. I know this labour has given my heart some pumping, and I know all that painting really kicked my shoulders' butts (yes, I'll go ahead and use that expression). Take three minutes to think about what your body wants, activity-wise. Sometimes it's just sleep. So day one, I took that route. Day two, I did twenty minutes of cardio (this day was also a painting day during which I'd done the equivalent of 30 minutes of heart-pumping cardio). Day three, I had to think for a minute. If you listen to your body, it tells you what it needs. My muscles were still a bit... angry, from the different kind of challenge they had been thrown (probably most specifically at the lugging of the new sofabed, solo - a hysterical episode for any of my new neighbours who might have witnessed it). I decided upon a full strength workout (I skipped biceps and delts!) and an intensive yoga session. Yoga totally restored my body - I feel much more operational and fresh and mobile today. I suppose my connective tissue had been on its way to becoming stone...

The reason why I'm babbling about my past few days is just to assert the fact that the body really always knows what it wants. And what it wants is balance. If you've spent a day or two squatting, scrunching, pulling, pushing, lifting and struggling - it's probably a good time to follow with bending, breathing, opening and expanding.

So, even if you're on particular program, learn to listen to your body and be flexible sometimes with what you deliver. I often tell clients to reject what I've assigned for a day if they really feel like doing something else (ie going for a bike ride instead of doing a strength circuit). If you're changing it up often, it's all good. Just make sure you're engaging in something physical most days of the week. Because, well, that's what our bodies are for. Exercise their use.

And now I think my body is begging for a massage....

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