Tender Loving Care....
One of the main issues I encounter when training my women clients has to do with STRESS CONTROL. Yep, if you're a woman and reading this, you know exactly what I talking about. But here's my take on exercising and stress management:
If you're overwhelmed due to stress brought on by family evolved issues, depending on the type of situation, sometimes having an intense training session isn't always the answer. If that is the case, mention it to your trainer, and give them a little insight to how you're feeling that day. I'm not talking about a therapy session. Not at all. But what you're feeling, your mood, your bodily pain, all play a role on what type of training should occur that day.
In my opinion, if you are having one of those days, than your trainer should be able to include exercise techniques that will help you to reduce your stress level, by including proper breathing, light to medium stretching, may be including YOGA to your program, as well as equipment that lends more of a grounding centering style to help restore control to your life.
I also believe that your trainer should also know when to say, NOT TODAY, if you are too OVER LOADED. I know I do! I've had clients that have insisted to train hard, even without my supervision, while stressed out, and have come back to me the next day or week saying I'm so sore, I've injured myself from pushing to hard, and just didn't take the NEEDED REST TIME.
MY POINT HERE IS SIMPLE...You know your body, you know your limits, you know what triggers your stress. Talk to your trainers. If you don't have one, you should listen to your body and pay attention to what it's telling you. Taking a NEEDED REST DAY, IS PART OF TRAINING. If you do better working hard during stress days, than be careful, pay attention to what you're doing, how you're doing it. Stay focused on the exercise at hand. Use music to keep you in the ZONE. Drink lots of water and by all means after your workout go somewhere quite and stretch yourself out properly to help your body to relax back into a normal rhythm.
Hope this helped. Love to hear what you think.
Aloha PK Soul Fitness Hawaii for the Body, Mind and Spirit