I think it’s safe to say that I am a Type-A personality. I’m competitive, driven, a perfectionist, I’m often in a rush, hate wasting time, and constantly in motion. As with anything there is a good and bad that comes with this (very generalized) category that I have clumped myself in.

But as a Type-A personality I’d like to speak to all the other Type-A’s out there. Type-A people are individuals who will do full push ups even when they shouldn’t because they aren’t strong enough or it hurts there shoulders, elbows or wrists. We will literally muscle through everything, but that doesn’t help our body get stronger.

We’ll work through an injury, frustrated with ourselves that we are hindered, when the best thing we can do for ourselves is take a break or adjust so that we can slowly rebuild strength without injuring ourselves more.

I know it can be hard, but sometime to be the best you can be you’ve got to rein yourself in a little. Simon and Garfunkel got it right: “Slow down you move to fast. You’ve got to make the morning last.” Instead of the morning, those of us with headstrong personalities who will push through pain–bad pain–need to think about making our bodies last.

Sometimes, I’ve been learning lately, to be a real Type-A is to just slow down and take it easy. I’m not always good at it, but now and then I have to let my body win.