Sometimes getting to the gym isn’t feasible for a variety of reasons. Life gets busy, you end up having to stay at work late, pick up your kids, or travel. These busy times are stressful enough and become even more stressful when you view working out as black and white. If you view exercise as black and white you may think things like:
- If I’m not strength training at a high intensity then I’m not getting better
- If I don’t run as far or at as fast of a pace as last time the run was a waste of my time.
- If I’m not laying in a pile of my own sweat trying to catch my breath it wasn’t a good workout
This type of mindset can help push people towards making their workouts a priority in their life and drive them to be consistent enough to reach their goals, but it can also increase your stress levels, make you feel irritable, and make you no fun to live with or be around, especially when life throws you a curveball.