From a bad back to accidental Thirsty Thursdays, often life gets in the way of our perfect training plans.
When You Get Injured
One of the most common and demoralizing issues people face during training is picking up an injury. Whether you pull a muscle after upping your mileage or develop an annoying niggle you just can’t shake – knowing when to train and when to rest is crucial.
It’s all about connecting with and listening to your body. You have to see injuries as a sign you may have been pushing too hard, and ask yourself how you can learn from this. In what way can you educate yourself more about what your body needs in order to get more out of it?
Rather than seeing them as a roadblock to your training, use injuries as an opportunity to vary your sessions. keep your fitness level high.
When It’s Cold, Raining And Way Too Fucking Early
Fitness and training is all about gratitude. Be grateful when your body isn’t injured that you are capable of getting out of bed and pounding the pavement. Remind yourself both of how lucky you are that you get to do what you love and of how badly you want it.
When You’re Bored Of Your Training
The solution to this one is simple. If you’re bored, make a change. Even tiny changes to a workout – like adding more weight, or trying out slight variations of each move – will make all the difference. Because of the body’s adaptations if you don’t mix things up, you will get sick of it.
When You’re On Your Way To The Training And End Up In A Pub
The more your training feels like a chore, the more your motivation will dip.
If you have social events coming up, plan your training around them in advance so you don’t feel like you’re missing out. The important thing is to make the decision for yourself on what will make you feel best. If you feel like you need to catch up with friends and have a drink or a big meal, do it. It’s all about balance. Play hard. Work harder.
When You Can’t See Improvement
If you’re training because you want to look leaner around your abs then you’re always at the mercy of your self esteem. Your goals should always be about skills and development rather than losing weight. Running faster. Not lighter. While getting healthier is a fantastic reason to start training, it’s essential that your motivation comes from a desire to be the best version of yourself – rather than aspirations to look like the stunning svelte #fitspiration crowd. Compete only against yourself and you can win every time.