Last Thursday, I realized something. I’m a pretty disciplined person, especially when it comes to workouts and dieting. Thursday is always a rest day for me. This Thursday, I decided to actually pay attention to all of the thoughts that ran through my head.
One thought actually occurred Wednesday night when I wanted to stay up later than usual. I thought, “Who cares if I’m tired. I don’t have a workout that will suffer tomorrow“.
We all know that losing necessary sleep can affect one for more than just one day.
The next thought was in regard to my water consumption. I typically drink two and a half liters of water a day, finishing one by 10 am. On Thursday, I was falling behind. I began thinking to myself, “Ahhhh, who cares if I’m dehydrated. I don’t have to work out today“.
Guess what? We need to be hydrated everyday.
The last thought occurred when I went to have my pre-lunch snack of grilled chicken and raw peppers. I didn’t feel like eating. Instead, I wanted to house some peanuts that were in the English office. I thought to myself, “My diet doesn’t need to be 100% today. I’m not working out“.
Turns out a clean diet isn’t something you just do a few days a week.
This was just regarding one single rest day…one single day. Imagine the damage that could ensue if I chose to take a week, a month, or even longer off from the gym?
It’s a domino effect. Oftentimes, when the gym is absent in our lives, other aspects of our health suffers; these can include our diet and sleep, and perhaps overindulgence in alcohol or other potentially destructive behaviors. Being at the gym can be a protection.
So, what can we do?
Play it safe. Come to the gym. Always…