I haven't been overly motivated to exercise for the last week and a half. I figured my body just needed a few days off so I've been giving it a rest. I've been tired and draggy and haven't had much energy, which isn't helping me to get back to exercising. I think I've figured out part of the problem though.
Taking a break isn't a bad thing, but not taking one from all exercise. It was one thing to stop running and doing high intensity exercise, but I still need to get my heart rate to burn calories and have more energy. If I don't feel like my usual exercise routine, I need to take a walk or do something active.
And the longer my break from any activity, the worse I feel. Taking a day or two off is okay but then I need to do something. Otherwise it will start a bad cycle. After not exercising all week, I've been getting sleepy earlier and I'm tired in the morning and then I want to eat more. I feel much better today after walking on the treadmill for fifteen minutes so I know it helps.
I still have to learn the exact combination that works for me, but I do know the importance of exercise for me. So, now I'm back on the exercise wagon.