Do you ever have those days when you’re just totally off and totally struggling in your workouts?
Those workouts usually go something like this:
No warm-ups are enough to get you going;
Strength exercises feel like a ton of weight on you;
Your muscles decide to be inflexible (and stiffen up even more as you get more frustrated);
Your cardio pace seems like the slowest ever;
And you can’t figure out what in the world happened to the improvements you made in the previous days.
It’s terrible, irritating, and the worst of all, it’s discouraging.
So much so, that you just want to stop and go home.
Well, here are my words to you:
“The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there” (Vince Lombardi).
That man on top of the mountain had off days as well.
Think back to whenever you set a goal and you achieved it – even through the struggles.
Maybe you studied long and hard for an exam that got you the grade you wanted; maybe you struggled to learn an instrument but now you can play it to cheer yourself up; or maybe you’ve spent so much time trying to put a puzzle together and you finally finished the picture… Or you went a whole morning very hungry and finally got to your lunch break!
Little victories make us happy. But victories without struggles aren’t victories.
Every pursuit has its obstacle, and it’s up to us when and how we’re going to overcome it.
So choose to keep going, even if you just walk towards the finish line.
Choose to finish the set, the reps, the circuit.
Choose to strengthen yourself to bring you closer to your goal – and keep your goal in mind.
And always remember that it’s okay and it’s perfectly normal to have off days. It happens to the best of us.
I just felt a very overwhelming frustration this morning as I was trying to complete my workout… So I decided to write about it to motivate myself and anyone else who needs motivation.
It’s horrible to feel like no progress is made, but maybe we’re too hard on ourselves.
Just know that you’re not alone.
Keep movin’ and be happy today!