When You Are Tired, Some Exercise Is Better Than Nothing

Day 114 Of Pentamize Weight Maintenance Blog

Starting Weight: 76.9 kg
Ending Weight: 76.8 kg
Result: lost .1 kg

Yesterday showed a weight gain. However, that may have been because my weigh-in was 3 hours earlier than the day before. Sometimes, this would mean that I need to push it hard today to try to make up for this. But other factors must be considered when it comes to exercise intensity.

Today is an example of “lighter exercise” or “some exercise is better than nothing.” We all have these days when we know our body is not up to task. And if your motivation is not high enough or your tracking is not up to date, you may just take a break day. But when you need to work out, keep in mind that any workout is better than doing nothing. If your body can handle a lighter workout session than you usually complete, then do that instead of doing nothing. Today, my strategy is just that – a slow pace that I can handle. And I will just keep slowing down to the point that I can handle it. It would be a disaster at this point to take a day off because I have a vacation coming up. At the same time, I don’t give a damn if I run 3.5 miles per hour. That’s what I will run if that’s all I can handle. Again, lighter exercise is better than no exercise.

I will definitely be running 90 minutes again, but just at the slower pace for my body’s current energy level. I am beat up and need a break. But it’s just not time for that yet.

If possible in your workout area, one way to make up a little bit for a slower pace on a low-energy day is to run uphill. Around my place, there are some hilly areas that I can run. And I will be doing to at least partially counteract the slower pace that I need to run today.

My run went just as expected. Except for 1 500-meter stretch, I just took and nice and slow pace and had a decent, although certainly not stellar, jogging workout. My weight was about 77.1 at the beginning and 76.4 at the end. That .7 kg is a low drop in weight for a 90-minute session. But as I said earlier, sometimes the idea is that lighter exercise is better than none at all. And I achieved that today.

It doesn’t seem like I made any big mistakes today. But my weight just didn’t drop much at all overnight. This just happens sometimes. And the result was a slight weight loss of .1 kg. I did weigh in a little late, but not by much. I wouldn’t do anything different today even knowing these results. I exercised and I did not overeat. So it’s just time to move to the next day even though I was expecting better results.

120M and -.4 kg
90M and -.1 kg
90M and broke even
90M and -.1 kg
90M and -.3 kg
90M and +.2 kg
90M and -.1 kg
total 6128 and -5.7 kg
averages of 74.73 min jogging and -.07 kg in 82 days

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