It was Thursday, day four of my workout week and nothing that day had gone my way.
I am not ready to call the day bad, but it was far from the way I pictured it in my head when I got up that morning.
I had work to do, I went to bed late, then I got up late, and my schedules was off. So of course, I was off to a real great start.
I got stuck in traffic, the project I’ve been working on was not going according to plan. Plus, when I look back at my week, I knew that I had been “good” all week.
So, I don’t have to workout today, right?
I am sure many of you have been at this point before. Nothing is going right, you are worn out and well, let’s just put it all out on the table, you deserve a break today! At this point, I am sure you have thought of a million reasons why deciding not to workout today is a fantastic idea, but I disagree.
On days like this you can find tons of reasons to skip your workout and you may even want to, but you probably shouldn’t. Here’s Why?
CONSISTENCY is a big part of getting in shape and staying in shape. Those small slip ups where you take a day off here, and you take a day off there and before you know it, you are a couch potato that has gained 10 pounds and you have no idea why. You have worked to hard and to long to lose so much group and go backwards instead of forward.
So, let me share these tips to help you get moving when you don’t feel like working out.
1. Get Those Workouts Done EARLY. When you set your workout goal, you don’t want to wait until the last possible second to clock those workout. Do yourself a favor and get those workouts in early in the week, that way they are done and out of the way. I personally have also found that I do better when I do my workouts early in the morning, that way nothing comes up that can stop me from working out.
2. Don’t Even Think About Putting Things Off Until Tomorrow. Procrastination is the biggest threat to your progress and it is definitely something you don’t want to do. Don’t let temptation pull you in, do things now, not later that way you can ensure that they actually happen.
3. Work Your Plan. Make sure you decide at the beginning of the week how many times you are going to workout and decide how you are going to get those workouts done. Even if you have to cut your workout time in half, or you have to do something closer to home know at least you got it done. That way, if your schedule gets crazy hectic, or unexpected things pop up you have a safety net, so you can still keep your word to yourself.
4. Be creative. When your workout routine requires an an enormous amount of time in the gym, or there is a class you like to attend at a specific time, think about it what happens to your plan, if none of those things are options. You need a backup plan so that when unexpected situations happen, they don’t stop you from meeting your goals. Get creative look for ways to burn extra calories during the day. Do a small workout at your desk. Take a long walk, workout with other people you know, use videos. You want to create routines that make it easy to win, and hard to fail. Make your Workout routines fluid, so you can adjust to life.
5. Take It Easy. One of the best things you can do is learn how to take it easy. If you need to cut the amount of time you spend working out go right ahead and do it, you are allowed to make changes, but you really don’t want to quit. When things at work get crazy if you need to pop a DVD in the DVD Player, stream workouts from You Tube, watch on demand workout routines on cable go ahead and do it, just make sure you do something.
Remember, on this journey it’s not about perfection, it’s about progress! As long as you keep moving in the right direction and as long as you keep going you will reach your goals.