What's Your Excuse?
Build Habits That Are Excuse Proof!
Not Every Day is Perfect Weather with Enough Time to Train
Do you find yourself making excuses to miss a work out? It’s pretty common. Are you a master at skipping workouts? Or just occasionally fall off the habit of training? And we all have those days. Some days the excuses win - some days you win. We are all human so give yourself a break when an excuse not to train wins, but try to keep the win to loss ratio higher in the win column. Limit "excuses" to REAL problems not made up ones. It is amazing how creative we can be when fighting lazy is the challenge.
Get Comfortable - Getting Uncomfortable
Rain or Shine - Get It Done...
However, some days should be spent on recovery, technique, and other skills especially if you are working hard (high stress), not eating well, nor sleeping enough hours each night. But, there is also a magic moment when you work out "just because you did not feel like working out". That is when you know your new habits you are trying to create are evolving into a more disciplined mindset - a NO EXCUSES Mindset.
Too Hot? Too Cold? Forgot your gym shoes?
No One Cares - Just Get Moving.
When the Excuses Hit the Hardest (typically) - Be Aware:
The battle of building new habits and breaking old (bad) habits can be a struggle that requires total focus and discipline to win. In fact, during the time of trying to build new habits of fitness this is where excuses to skip workouts are most common. Every habit you build usually has an equally bad habit you have to drop. For instance, if you have a goal to start working out in the morning before work or school, now you have to break two bad habits too: 1) sleeping in 2) not exercising. I am not sure what is harder starting a new habit or breaking an old one. Both are tough and require time being consistent with the endeavor. Some say it takes 21 days to build a habit. I would agree with that, but it also takes less than 21 seconds to have the right attitude to get you moving each day "even when you don't feel like it".
Once you have developed strong habits and discipline through pure consistency you will find that the need for excuses tends to decrease.
If It Is Not In the Schedule - It Does NOT Exist (Schedule Goals to be Achieved - Daily)
Take for example this story of a young man who needed to lose weight in order to join the military.
What Is Your Goal?
There are days every week, that I feel like sleeping in, but I know after an extra 30-45 minutes of sleep I will feel worse than just getting up and doing something - even if I had to replace my butt kicking workout with a mobility day. I know I will feel better, but I will be honest, I love those days. I love training even when I do not feel like it as I feel I accomplished something by just getting up. I accomplished something even more important than training - I got another notch higher on the mental toughness / discipline scale. Plus the anger you have at yourself for even putting that thought in your mind can be enough to propel you out of bed and into the training mindset.
"Training BECAUSE you don't feel like it"
Who Is The Tactical Fitness Coach / Author Stew Smith?
|I'm the former Navy SEAL that military recruits and special ops candidates go to for books, ebooks and online coaching to prepare themselves to get to and through intense tactical assessment and selection programs and qualify for service in their chosen tactical profession. See More at StewSmithFitness.com|
We Have Answers For Beginners to Advanced Spec Ops Level Training Programs (see below)
- Run - Learn how to run and get in shape to run 2-3 miles without stopping. See beginner / intermediate running plan. But, you may need to start off with just walking depending on your fitness level. If you played sports that had a little bit of running in it (football) or no running in it like swimming, you need to practice running regularly to get over the growing pains accompanied with impact cardio like running and rucking. To do well on timed runs, you need to practice that distance at a goal pace. Learn about GOAL PACE Running.
- Calisthenics - You will be doing calisthenics not only throughout the day in basic training, but as a fitness test as well. Get used to exercises like pushups, crunches, plank poses, pullups, squats, and lunges to work the entire body. If you need some ideas, see the programs below that address all the physical fitness challenges you will see in preparation, testing, and basic training and beyond. The Boot camp, PFT, Bible, and Cals and Cardio are all encompassing workouts that will prepare you for the challenges of Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard basic training and fitness tests as well. The Army and Marine Corps will require more challenging workouts and fitness testing. See links of the books below to see more details of the Combat Fitness Test you must be able to accomplish when you join.
DO NOT RELY ON THE MILITARY TO GET YOU INTO SHAPE AT BASIC TRAINING. You will get into better shape for sure during your training if you arrive in lower fitness form, but you need to arrive with a foundation of physical fitness that is specific to your future job in the military / fitness tests / training. If you show up out of shape, you could end up failing standards or injuring yourself causing longer delays or removal from training altogether.
For You Special Candidates (Get in Shape LONG Before You Join)
High Intermediate Military / Advanced Spec Ops
The Pipeline of Training Options (Spec Ops Level):
Start training today with workouts that focus on the specifics of getting to and through tactical profession training from firefighter, police, swat, military to special ops. We have programs to help you get TO and THROUGH training. We also have training programs to help you with training as you age in these professions (Tactical Fitness 40+ series).
These programs as well as my online coaching programs have Winter Lift Cycles in them as part of our Seasonal Tactical Fitness Periodization System. But, do not get these lift cycles confused with ACTUAL strength / power lifting programs, these are strength / power programs that also have a focus on cardio fitness maintenance BECAUSE you need to be good at all the elements of fitness and develop into an all-round Tactical Athlete.
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