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Know your body

When we're working out, more times than none we do so with the idea of pushing ourselves.

A "challenge accepted" mentality strikes and we push through fatigue, never giving up and inviting the discomfort of change.

At least that's how I workout.

One thing I've had to do is become a student of my own body. Fatigue and muscle soreness is one thing, but fatigue and sharp pains is a whole different monster.

The go hard or go home mentality is one I only support with clients who know their bodies.

Knowing your body, being a student of your body, will help you to recognise when you are slacking off and when you simply need to rest, lessen the weight, lower the reps.

Failure in doing so will lead to injury and prolonged progress.

Basically, leave your ego at the door. Our egos will have us lifting weights we have no business lifting and performing lifts we have no idea how to perform correctly only because we aren't humble enough to step back.

Being a student of your body will have you taking note of how different foods affect your day, your mood, your weight, water retention, bowels etc. These factors are so important if you have goals to be met and you are focused on meeting them.

All this to say, know your body, be a student of your body and your progress and respect the journey. Buy a journal, track your progress both in the kitchen and gym and don't let anyone who isn't privy to this information sway your journey.

Leave your ego at the door. Leave the naysayers in your DMs. Leave your excuses behind and push relentlessly towards your goals while remaining safe, honest and humble.

Go hard or go home … only going home when you make the best decision for your body, not because you are holding back but because you know your body.

Happy Wednesday fitfam!

Dre Hinds is a retired track and field athlete who is now a personal trainer, aerobic and yoga instructor and fitness “addict”. Contact her on: absbydre@gmail.com, 599-0412 or @Absbydre on Facebook and Instagram

Especially when it comes to exercise, Dre Hinds advises that you leave your ego at the door (Photograph supplied)

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Published October 06, 2021 at 7:52 am (Updated October 06, 2021 at 7:52 am)

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