Friday, October 1, 2010
Day 74+ Kenpo Cardio Plus
I think everyone can relate to this cartoon in one way or another. I refer to it as the slippery slope effect. Where you just start sliding and crashing to an eventual slump where you're not working out anymore. Often this is caused by a simple missed day (if it's exhaustion or a schedule conflict - it could be anything), but then the difficult part is getting back to the gym, or back pushing play, or waking up early to go for that morning jog.
If you find yourself on this slippery slope, the best thing you can do is GET BACK TO THE GYM. In all honesty, the shorter the time between missing days, the faster you'll get back on schedule and the less used to the "relaxed" attitude you had on the day off. If you miss multiple days in a row - it's going to be a lot more jarring on your body + system than if you just miss one or two days.
It also helps that if you're doing a diet + fitness program, that you don't give up on BOTH at the same time. For example, if every one's going out for pizza on Friday. You'll be better off making it to the gym and sacrificing your diet for 1 day, than throwing in the towel and saying "Today is a complete waste day" and forgo diet + exercise. Likewise, if you skip a workout because you're exhausted or because you have some kind of scheduling conflict, keep your diet on track. This will help motivate you to get back in the gym the next day.
One last note: Never start a diet/workout "TOMORROW" always start a workout today. And this applies to getting back too. Don't tell yourself "I'll start tomorrow" because tomorrow is always in the future. Start TODAY that's NOW time. If you start today, you have no excuses. Plus, you gain an extra day!