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Four simple training rules I follow when life throws me a wrench and I am not able to workout, and how I get back on track.

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So your going strong in your training, your making progress and boom life happens. Before you know it, you’ve slipped, you haven’t worked out in a month, your diet is in shambles and you’re afraid that you’ve begun to look like a slob. All is not lost, just read on.

We’ve all been there and I’m no exception. The last month was hell on my training efforts. In late October my daughter got sick, which ruined a trip to Las Vegas (Read Here), I was sick for the two weeks that followed, and then my daughter got sick again. To add to it, one of Mayra’s close friends died, which was a catastrophe all on its own. Long story short, all the events of the month screwed with my training and there was nothing I could do about it.


Sometimes that’s how it goes. Sometimes you can’t help what happens, but you can do something about how you react to those situations. And how you react will affect how soon you can get back to normal, and in turn how soon you get back to the gym.


Below are the most typical issues that derail my training and how I cope with the problems.  Because I have been there and done that, I’ve learned that this is what works for me.

So your going strong in your training, your making progress and boom life happens. Before you know it, you’ve slipped, you haven’t worked out in a month, your diet is in shambles and you’re afraid that you’ve begun to look like a slob. All is not lost, just read on.

We’ve all been there and I’m no exception. The last month was hell on my training efforts. In late October my daughter got sick, which ruined a trip to Las Vegas (Read Here), I was sick for the two weeks that followed, and then my daughter got sick again. To add to it, one of Mayra’s close friends died, which was a catastrophe all on its own. Long story short, all the events of the month screwed with my training and there was nothing I could do about it.


Sometimes that’s how it goes. Sometimes you can’t help what happens, but you can do something about how you react to those situations. And how you react will affect how soon you can get back to normal, and in turn how soon you get back to the gym.


Below are the most typical issues that derail my training and how I cope with the problems.  Because I have been there and done that, I’ve learned that this is what works for me.


Here are my own simple rules I live by.

 

  1. When I’m sick I don’t workout. I have no hard evidence on this one, just personal experience. I have found out that if I am sick and try to train, I wear my body down and my body takes longer to recover from the illness. It seems like wearing my body out while sick compromises my immune system. One thing I do know is that the longer I’m sick, the longer it will take until I can train effectively. So when I’m sick, I take it easy, cause I want to get back in the gym ASAP.


  2. If my family needs me I am there. People get sick, emergencies happen and sometimes my world seems to crumble, through no fault of my own. This can make my already hectic lifestyle seem somewhat unbearable and the possibility of training an impossibility. When a crisis happens, I forget about what I need, and focus on my families needs. I find that if I do what is best for them, even if it means forgoing what I want to do, it benefits me. A happy family leads to a happy home and when everyone is happy you get more freedom to do the things you like (working out).

  3. I don’t stress out if I miss some training. Because life sometimes happens, I don’t set a strict workout schedule that I cannot break. Over the years I have tried to keep to a rigid schedule but it never worked. I found that my super rigid schedules led to more problems than they were worth and I’d eventually burnout. Instead I have found that if I allow myself some flexibility and an occasional rest day, here and there (When I need it), I stick to training. If life throws me a curve, I’m not upset that I missed a workout, which I can easily make up later.
    *This does not mean that I don’t try to adhere to a schedule, because I do. It just means that if I miss some days I’m not going to die.

  4. After and unexpected break, I review my fitness goals and charge after them.
    When life sidetracks me, it’s easy to forget what my goals are. I have found that if I don’t consistently review what they are, I will never achieve them. When the dust settles and I am finally able to resume training I do the following. 1.  I set a firm day I will resume training 2. Before I begin, I review my goals. This gives me perspective on where I am, where I need to be and how I’m going to achieve those goals. 3. I go after those goals 110%.

 

 

What do you do to get back on track after you have been sidelined? Or are you off the workout wagon and are just getting back on? In any case I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

See you in the hills.

Lance

 

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