I’m pretty sure that we’ve all had those days where we would rather do anything instead of exercising, you know the ones when you have CBA-itus. They’re totally normal. But what about those times when you actually genuinely can’t exercise, when you’re injured, unwell or just simply snowed under and you have no time for routine.
It really does happen to us all from time-to-time (despite what the ‘grams and tweets may suggest) and it can really throw a spanner in the works when it does. Recently I have been going through one of those spells; I’ve been working away a little, I’ve had a fair few yuck days and right now I should be in spin, but instead I’m sat waiting in for a delivery that I don’t think is coming.
If I’m not careful it could totally throw my mindset out of kilter, just as I’m getting back into the swing of things and put a halt to what little progress I have made lately.
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So what am I going to do to make sure that I stay on track, motivated and keep that loving feeling?
Well first of all I am going to stay calm, as stressing out causes a vicious cycle that can be hard to break. I always used to think that not being able to work out, no matter the reason, that it made me lazy. It doesn’t it makes me normal. I had YouTube playing away today and one video came on where the vlogger was complaining that they hadn’t been to the gym in over a week and how bad it was because you should workout ever day.
OK so yes, physically exerting yourself every day can be super beneficial, but not managing it does not make you a bad person, it does not make you unfit and you will be back kicking ass again before you know it.
I’m also going to try and nail my prep and planning to make sure that I get the most out of my days. Right now nutrition is my best friend and is enabling me to make progress despite my workouts being minimal. I know the term ‘nutrition’ can be quite scary, but being mindful of what you eat doesn’t mean you have count calories and macros. I eat carbs with every meal, contrary to what every celebrity diet says they are not bad for you, I eat veggies all the time and I fill up on protein to keep me going.
Whenever I go through a ‘I don’t want to / can’t’ workout phase I do tend to pop a few days of eating into MyFitnessPal just make sure that I am actually on track and cut back on any sugary or processed treats. This honestly works for me, but I know that it won’t work for everyone. Finding what works for you is so important because it will help prevent you face planting the confectionary stand in the supermarket out of sheer frustration on your next visit!
But most importantly I keep going – I know that there is always something I can do to make a difference, it just might not be as intense as a gym or spin session. Sometimes I will go for a walk, others I will do some housework or gardening … I just keep going. Because when I stop is when I lose that loving feeling and when I lose that it is so much harder to come back.
As I said before, when life takes over or when you simply cannot be bother please don’t panic. Yes your body would thank you for it, but it won’t punish you for missing a workout or two. The gym and the great outdoors will be there for you when you have time or motivation to go again and until then enjoy the rest.
I’m sure you’ve earned it.
Have you lost that loving feeling or are you in kick ass mode right now?
Let me know below and I’ll catch up with you again soon, until then though x
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