Last Tuesday morning I got sick out of nowhere. I woke up with a sore throat that I took care of by the next morning (if you’re interested, hit reply and I’ll share via blog post), but I had a bad cold I just couldn’t kick.
I wasn’t sleeping, couldn’t breathe, blew my nose every 7.5 seconds, coughed constantly, and just felt weak.
I decided not to work out Tuesday. That decision continued into Wednesday and Thursday. As someone who normally trains 5-6 days per week, EVERY week, the effects of not working out hit me hard. The funny thing is these effects aren’t physical, they’re psychological. And often what we feel inside exacerbates reality.
Meanwhile I was still keeping my nutrition intact. I just ramped up my garlic, vitamin C , water, and green/white tea intake.
Each day I felt a little better so I added in tiny bits of movement. My go-to is to drop and crank out as many push-ups as I can, either upon waking up or just randomly through the day. Never underestimate the power of small bits of movement!
By Friday I felt better but still didn’t feel like working out. It’s amazing how you don’t realize how good exercising makes you feel — until you skip a few workouts!
BUT there was no way I was missing yet another day. I needed to get out of my rut.
Ok, so how do you get out of a rut?
1. Start small: Get in as much movement as possible.
2. Aim for 50% – NOT 100%! When you’re not feeling good, change your expectations otherwise you’ll put unnecessary stress upon yourself.
- If exercising is out of the question, dial up your nutrition.
- If you’re on the road and eating clean is harder than normal, carve out time to move.
- And if you can’t eat as clean as you’d like and you can’t work out as much as you’d like – suck it up, buttercup. I’m not letting you off the hook! Lower your expectations but eat as clean as possible and move as much as possible. Remember tip #1.
3. Get in that first workout back as soon as possible. If you’re traveling or sick, it’s likely everything else in your life will pile up on you–but don’t let that be an excuse. Come hell or high water, get that first workout in as it’s always the hardest. Just as we discussed with tip #2, lower your expectations. Focus just on level one or basic movements.
4. Put it in perspective: The most important thing we need to remember about ruts is that in the scope of life they’re NOTHING but small potholes.
Everyday above the ground is a good day. Everyday we can get up and walk around – we are lucky.
Remember we fall down so we can get back up stronger than ever.
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