Getting Back on the Horse

Sometimes, life just gets in the way. It can be any number of things: work, family, illness, or all three. No matter what it is, the point is that sometimes you can’t get a workout in—even for an extended period of time.

If you’re following the blog, you know I’ve taken a rather long hiatus. There was a lot going on… and both posting AND exercise suffered for it, culminating in me being unable to race this weekend due to some stomach bug (it’s been going around, it seems). I don’t think I would have been well prepared for the race as it is.

So how do you get back on the horse after days, or weeks, of downtime? It seems like the hardest thing in the world. The lethargy sets in, and the willpower ebbs. The thing is, the longer you wait, the harder it is to get going.

There are a whole handful of little tricks you can use to motivate yourself: get a new workout outfit, pack your gym bag the night before, devise a new workout schedule, or find a new routine you want to try. But, honestly, there’s only one thing you can do: just convince yourself that you’re going to go, and buckle down and DO IT, no matter how much you don’t want to.

Today, I pulled out my new “Swim Workouts for Triathletes” book, chose a workout, and trundled off to the gym. I swam 2,900 meters today, and I feel great! Working out tomorrow will be a piece of cake.


One thought on “Getting Back on the Horse

  1. One thing I’ve found helpful is to acknowledge and come to terms with the fact that the process of actually living your life means you’re going to fall off that horse again and again. It’s easier to then get back on if you’re not kicking yourself too hard for falling off–or putting too much pressure on yourself for the future. Put another way, don’t worry too much about the past, don’t worry about the future, just get up this day and do it.

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