I just got back from a great cardio workout at the gym. I got a message from my wife where she said she had a crappy workout. But really a workout is a workout.
Let’s say that you go to the gym today and you have a bad workout. You drag your butt through the whole thing, you don’t push yourself, you only give a half an effort and then you leave the gym, basement, or walk in the door wondering why you did it, dejected that you sucked.
Good Workout? Bad Workout?
Well the problem tomorrow is that if you think back at that workout is that you feel behind already, you are dejected and you are not sure how you will bounce back and have a great workout or even if it is all worth it.
I say that the best method of working out is to realize that some workouts are better or worse than average and the best workout is the one that you actually do.
If you have a bad workout that is ok today and maybe tomorrow it will work out better. The important thing is not missing workouts and to workout consistently.
Consistency is Always Key
This one strategy alone would keep you working out consistently today and next month and next year as you always go into the gym with great expectations and still leave feeling great about having attended.
To succeed in having a workout that works consistently well is as easy as having a strategy.
What you need to do in the morning or evening before a workout is setout your goals for that next workout. Are you going to be doing cardio or weights? Is this going to be an easier maintenance workout or a hardcore body improvement workout? Having this idea of why and what you are going to be doing in the gym is critical.
Next you need to make sure that you are physically ready for the workout. Have you eaten well in the 24 hours before and especially 2 hours before your workout? Have you been resting, sleeping, and recovering well since you last workout?
And finally, make sure that you get the nutrients that you need after your workout. It is important to eat well and to stretch right after your workout to make sure that you are going to be feeling good in time for the next one.