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.
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When you start training again, consider the seasonal tactical fitness model. I call it A WAY to train and obviously not the only way to train. But it offers the opportunity to never neglect your weaknesses, helps with flexibility and mobility, but will also put you at a level of physical abilities where you are happy with your overall ability to do just about anything. We have a system where the seasons dictate our training. When it is nicer outside, we tend to run and do more calisthenics. When it is colder and not so nice, we lift more, run less, and still maintain our outdoor activities with shorter runs and rucks. Check it out: Seasonal Tactical Fitness Periodization System.
These Seasonal Tactical Fitness BLOCK Periodization programs will walk you through 4 x 4 weeks cycles with 16 weeks of each season in two programs. (32 total weeks)
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These programs will walk you through 4 cycles with 12 weeks of each season in two programs.
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