You’re due to hit the gym, but then you look out the window and see sheets of horizontal rain. Then you look at the TV. “Oh look,” you say, ‘A fascinating documentary about goat herding in Iran’. And you think to yourself, maybe I’ll just skip the gym today.
We get it. Nobody’s perfect. Okay, fine, with the exception of Batman and Beyonce, nobody’s perfect. Which means we can’t always have a perfect workout, sometimes we’re tired, sore or just not in the mood. But that doesn’t mean you can’t salvage the situation. Here are three practical ways to dominate the gym when you’re not feeling your best.
1 – Realise it’s not ‘All or nothing’
A lot of the dread associated with training comes from picturing a gruelling workout in your head before you even start. But remember; they don’t all have to be balls-to-the-wall insanity. Everything counts, everything gives you some benefit. So, if you’re thinking about skipping a session just make a deal with yourself: Show up, get into your training gear and do your warm up. If at that point you still can’t face it, head home guilt free. But chances are you’ll end up doing at least a little more, so you can call it a win.
2 – Break your program
Give yourself permission to do something completely different from your normal workout. Try a yoga class, try a bunch of exercises you’ve never done before, the point is to try something new. You shouldn’t do it all the time, but now and then a break from routine is just what the doctor ordered. As we established in the last point; It all counts.
3 – Remember you don’t need to feel motivated in order to do something
This is a tip that many writers have used to beat writer’s block, but it applies equally to training. It sounds a little counter-intuitive, but bear with us. You don’t actually need to feel motivated about something in order to do something, you can – as the saying goes – just do it. In fact, by pressuring yourself to feel motivated about a task, you are setting up a block, giving yourself an extra task, when you could just do it. Its a deceptively simple, but actually very powerful idea. Training is a (hopefully) lifelong pursuit, it’s not about being blessed-out-of-your-mind motivated every single day, mostly it’s about showing up and getting it done.