What does it mean to "listen to your body"?

Feeling sore? Listen to your body. Lacking energy? Listen to your body. Struggling with an exercise? Listen to your body.

I give out this advice a lot, but what the bleep does ‘listen to your body’ actually mean? We all need a little help tuning into the signals our body is sending us, so let’s break it down.

How to tune in

‘Listening’ to your body simply means paying attention to the signals it is sending you. And I don’t just mean the obvious stuff like your foot turning purple and throbbing with pain. You can practice while you’re not working out. Think about the sensations you are feeling right now… maybe your neck is feeling tight, for instance. What could your body be telling you? (Maybe that you need to stretch more often.)