When you train for something long-term, like martial arts, you’ll experience ups and downs. Some days you’ll feel strong and on top of your training. Other days you wake up, and the last thing you want to do is work out. So what do you do on the days that you’re not motivated to train?
Here are a few suggestions on how to handle the days you don’t feel like training:
1. Review your goals.
One thing you can do on a day you just don’t feel like training is to review your martial arts goals. Reminding yourself of the purpose behind each training session might be what you need to change your mind and get to the mats.
2. Rely on habits and routine.
Another way to handle the days you don’t feel like training is to rely on your established training habits. If it’s Tuesday and you always train at 5 pm on Tuesdays, then today shouldn’t be any different. Stick to the routine you’ve created, and don’t waver on whether you go. Take the decision-making out of the equation and show up.
3. Listen to your thoughts.
If your thoughts (or excuses) are persistent, listen to them. Your body might be trying to tell you that you’re tired or you need to take a recovery day. And if this thought is backed up by only getting two hours of sleep the night before or training every day the past five days, then it might be time for a rest day. But if your mind is trying to convince you to choose the couch over training just because the couch is more comfortable, then you’re better off shutting down your excuses and training anyway.
Another great way to handle the days you don’t feel like training is to use the support of a great community! At Classic Fight Team in Fountain Valley, we are here to help you reach your goals! To learn more about the programs we’re currently offering, contact us today.