If you're exhausted, are you really doing yourself a favor by going for a five mile run?⠀ ⠀ I'd argue no.⠀ ⠀ We need to sleep.⠀ ⠀ And once we're rested, we can get back to our running.⠀ ⠀ When I quit my job, I also quit my crazy workout regimen.⠀ ⠀ I quit waking up at six am to do 13 mph sprints (I know, it still shocks me that I did that) and I quit lifting really heavy things.⠀ ⠀ My body was dying for rest. It was in desperate need of sleep and recovery. And I hadn't allowed myself to sit still long enough to listen and pay attention.⠀ ⠀ I spent the next six months picking the comfy chair at the coffee shop. Couches, beds, lounge chairs, you name it. If it looked squishy and like it could swallow me whole I wanted to put my body in it.⠀ ⠀ Eventually that subsided, and I started standing at my desk. I had recovered enough that my body wanted to find gentle, calm movement, and I signed up for yoga.⠀ ⠀ As I tend to do, I pushed it too hard and hurt myself. I had to slow down yet again. I'm giving myself permission to let my body get a little squishy as it recovers and returns to a place where I can move my body from a place of healthful calm. ⠀ ⠀ Have you ever needed to take a break from exercise? What movement sounds really good to you right now?