No doubt about it…I’m a type A personality. I like routine, set schedules and to-do lists. So it’s no surprise that when life throws a curve ball and I get out of my groove, it totally stresses me out. Particularly when it effects my time in the gym. I keep myself pretty busy throughout the week so blocking off that ever so important time to hit the gym is important to me. I will shuffle other things around to accommodate my workouts because at this point in my life they are a high priority. I love it my time there, especially when it’s with all the other women and staying active and in shape somehow makes everything else in life seem more manageable to me.
But let’s be realistic. Sh*t happens. Flat tires, late work nights, illness, family issues…the list of things that can get in the way is endless. But it’s also inevitable. Suzanne and Jen have both posted about things that have affected their gym time, which you can read about here and here and they’ve told you how they dealt with that.
When I miss the gym, I tend to get mad and flustered and call it a wash, rather than finding an alternative form of exercise. I am working through ditching the “all or nothing” mentality… And realizing that a glitch in my normal schedule doesn’t mean I have to throw in the towel on my workout if I don’t make it to the gym just as planned. I can choose to go for a long walk, do sets short sprints, do a modified at-home workout or just make a conscious effort to relax and enjoy the unexpected night off. It doesn’t take one day to get in shape, so it’ll definitely will take longer to lose the progress I’ve made.
I think it’s important to remember to give yourself a little grace when unexpected things come your way, no matter how big or small. Take it in stride, and get back into your routine and back to the gym as soon as life allows it.