Should I push through, or rest?

The 10 minute Rule

A few mornings ago I woke up to pouring rain. It was cold and dark and my bed had never felt so cozy. I had been traveling and spent the better part of the last 30 hours sitting on an airplanes and trains. I was groggy and sleepy. It was the sort of tired I sometimes feel after a long day of work. You know the one, you get home and fall on the couch and think you could just call it a night at 6pm. 

In that moment, it can be really hard to know if you’re fatigued and need a day off, or if movement might make you feel way better. That feeling of heavy legs and a groggy mind can be really tricky to decipher. The anxiety it causes to wonder if you should skip your workout or just tough it out can be a real downer too. 

This is where the 10 minute rule comes in. 

What does the 10 minute rule mean? It’s simple: you don't have to commit to your entire 20 mile run, or your full 1 hour strength session. It means getting out the door and saying you are just going to move for 10 minutes. That’s it! After that, you can reevaluate. 

I promise after those 10 minutes you’ll be clear on what you need. If you do in fact need a rest, you’ll know, and you can go home, throw on your pjs and snuggle into some Netflix without thinking twice about it. 

More often than not, I bet you feel great after 10 minutes. You might just want to push it for another 5 and see from there, and then suddenly you’re 30 minutes in. At that point you might as well just finish the damn thing, right? 

It’s both a mental and a physical hack. Telling yourself you only need to go for 10 minutes makes getting out the door easy-peasy. You’re usually going to end up feeling way better after your workout, plus you get that sweet feeling of satisfaction. 

That morning I did just that. I only committed to one set of stairs at a really easy pace. I did my one set, stood at the top for a minute, and then bam, smashed out a PR for a set of 5. Give it a try! Let me know how it goes.