I’ve been working out wildly consistently for the past 7 months. Almost maniacally 5 days / week. Sometimes I’ll take the weekend off but usually I’m doing some active rest work.
I’ve missed a day or two here over the months, but since January, I’ve been remarkably consistent.
The only real thing that’s changed was I removed the option for not going and instituted an unofficial rule with myself.
If I miss one workout, that’s fine. But I never miss two in a row.
I found that if I miss two days, I immediately turn into a garbage human. My entire workout regimen is thrown in the trash for a week (or longer) and on the rare occasion – I’ve fallen off the train completely.
Miss 1? Fine
But never two in a row.
At Impossible Fitness ®, most of our pogromming has 6 or 7 day /week programming. Not because it’s optimal (you do ned to rest and active rest is programmed in), but because if you’re going to stick with something – compliance is hugely underrated.
Working out 3 days / week might be more practical given some people’s time availability, but doing something every day is more effective at building a habit that is unbreakable.
So when it comes time for the lift, run, or whatever – it’s a non-negotiable. It’s a job. Choice is no longer involved. You are now in robot mode.
And the result? Way better results than than any sort of rationalization I could have come up with about “moderation”
If you miss one day – I get it. Life happens.
But never two in a row. Ever.
*Treat yourself at least as seriously as you’d treat your job. *
If you missed a day of work at your job, you’d probably be able to talk your way through it. If you missed two days at your job – without a real excuse – you’d be fired. And they’d have good reason for it.
But somehow, when it comes to the #1 thing that can improve the quality, length, and enjoyment of life – you take it less seriously than your job.
If you do – your priorities are starting (whether you like it or not) that you care more about your boss than you do about yourself.
Miss one day of workouts? Fine. Never miss two.