Ever feel like you want to skip your exercise session? You may even have “good” reasons (apart from inertia).
You may be exhausted from working the whole day. Or maybe you didn’t get enough sleep last night. Or you may not be feeling 100% well.
Whatever the reason, you feel like skipping that workout.
You say to yourself, “I can do it tomorrow” or “it won’t hurt to skip it for a day.” At the time those reasons sound totally justifiable.
It’s tempting to give in to those excuses when you’re not feeling 100%.
Believe me, I’ve had my fair share of those days.
Today was one of them. I didn’t sleep well last night. I woke up feeling tired. And I had a stiff neck through sleeping in an awkward position. And I was supposed to do my strength training workout today.
Should I skip the workout? Or should I do it anyway?
In the end I decided to do the workout. Maybe I wouldn’t be able to workout as hard as usual. That’s OK. I’d see how hard I could go and adjust the intensity depending on how I felt during the workout.
It turned out that I could push it as hard as usual. It just felt harder.
Why did I decide to exercise despite feeling tired?
Because I didn’t want to lose that consistency habit I’ve built.
You see, if I let it go one day, it’s the start of a slippery slope. One day can very easily turn into several days. Then weeks. Before you know it, it can turn into months. I could easily end up in the vicious cycle of exercising one day and then not being able to muster the motivation to do it again for days or even weeks.
I’ll let you into a little secret.
I actually used to be like that.
It took me a while to build up this habit of consistency.
Once it’s broken, it takes a while to get it back again.
Being consistent is the key. It’s the most important thing if you want to change anything significant in your life. And it’s sure to take a while to build that habit.
Once you’ve got it, don’t break it.