I love to sweat, to push through and experience that endorphin release. I love spinning and running, walking and hiking, yoga and Pilates. At one point in my life, I was even running a 13-mile loop every day, seven days a week while also weight training and going to the gym, working out for hours at a time, sometimes more than once.
Obviously, I had a problem but I wasn't willing to admit it until my body began to betray me, giving out in various ways. It was only then that I was forced to take time off from the exercise I loved so much and learn how to be an exercise enthusiast without going overboard.
It took me many, many years to learn whether I need to take a day off from exercising or if I should push through the discomfort. If any of these statements sound like you, it's time for a rest: