I work with a lot of clients who really struggle to be consistent with their workout routines. Actually, for MOST of my clients, the #1 thing we focus on in the beginning is developing their consistency. I’ve written about it recently.
A big struggle they have comes from a belief that seems very common.
I call it that All or Northing belief.
The basic principle is that my clients believe they need to be all or nothing. As in, when they workout, they need to do the whole workout, at 100% capacity for it to be worth it. Otherwise, what’s the point. There’s some level that they SHOULD be able to achieve and if they can’t then there’s no point.
Have you ever thought this?
You had a 60 minute workout planned, you only have 30 minutes so there’s no point. Right?
Many people think they need to do the program 100% to get results. They need to be able to get a personal best or put in their best efforts for it to be worthwhile.
If they’re sore, they need more rest.
If they don’t have enough time, they need to do it later.
Often, these are really just justifications for why you can’t do it now. The problem is that this creates negative habits that get harder and harder to overcome as time goes on. You get so used to putting it off that you really struggle to get up and do it when the time is right.
You end up doing nothing.
To get a different perspective, let’s do some simple math:
If you have three 60-minute workouts in a week and you do none of them, how much time have you spent working out?
Now, if you have three 60-minute workouts in a week but you run out of time in each one and only do half, how much time have you spent working out?
Right, 90 minutes!
Now, go ask a 5th grader: which is bigger; 90 or 0?
My point here is that you’re going to be better off in the long run even if you only do half of your workouts. Half the time or even half the intensity. It’s not worthless if you can’t do the full thing.
JUST DO IT.
Besides, reduced capacity workouts are actually a great thing for your body and mind. It can help the muscles recover and you get a sense of accomplishment, not failure.
Doing 50% of a workout still feels like you at least did something.
Doing 0% of a workout feels shitty.
If you’ve ever run into this thought pattern, break it immediately by doing something. As I wrote recently , the perfect program is the one you’re doing. Stop thinking you need to do it all or nothing and just get out there and do what you can.
Have you ever done this? Share your experience in the comments below.