I have a friend who is constantly talking about getting in better shape, eating healthier, and losing weight. While he means well, he oftentimes succumbs to one of the biggest pitfalls when trying to get healthier.
“I’m alright man, I worked out yesterday so I’m good for today.”
This is a typical response from him when I ask if he wants to join me for a HIIT workout or a short run.
Like most people who are just getting started, my friend opts to not workout on account of having worked out yesterday, or the day before, or even semi-recently.
This type of pitfall isn’t uncommon. Eating better, getting healthier, and working out is certainly not easy. Just like creating a habit, slow and steady wins the race. It’s hard building momentum when you’re getting starting. It’s completely understandable.
That said, this is a losing mentality in the long run.
There’s no work out you can do on Monday that allows you to not have to work out on Tuesday. Or Wednesday. Working out has to be a daily practice. Day in and day out.
Working out is not a checks and balances system. One day’s workout does not excuse you from the next’s.
At the end of the day, your slate is wiped clean. And you have to do it all over again the next day. Day after day after day.
Working out and getting in shape requires daily practice. You have to keep doing the work, whether you like it or not.
When I wake up completely dreading that morning run, I do it anyway. When it’s 95 degrees and humid, I run anyway. When it’s raining, I run anyway.
The only way to get to where you want to be is by doing the work. Excuses like “I worked out yesterday” will certainly not get you there.
In order to progress, get healthier, or feel better, you have to keep doing the work. Every single day. Day in and day out. Don’t be trapped by thinking that you’re ‘good’ from yesterday’s workout.