I’ve been in the middle of a big move and major renovation project for the last few weeks. As a result, I haven’t been working much or writing for the blog and I skipped out on the gym.
I know, it’s shameful…
I hate being out of the game. The worst part about being out of the game, in my opinion, is losing momentum.
But hey, things come up that we have to deal with. Sometimes it’s better to completely devote your time to dealing with a temporary problem, rather than trying to juggle everything at once.
Today was my first day back in the game, so I thought it would be a good time to share some things that I’ve found to help me get the ball rolling again.
Hit the Ground Jogging
I used to be a hit the ground running kinda guy.
After a hiatus from the gym, I’d go in there and destroy my body because I felt like I had to make up for lost time. Same goes for work or anything else, I would just jump in balls-to-the-wall.
Now that I’m older (almost 27, not that old I know) I have found that jumping back in like that will leave me feeling crippled for days.
These days, I prefer to hit the ground jogging. Meaning I give enough effort to challenge myself, but I also allow myself to get re-acclimated before resuming 110% effort again.
So this morning I woke up at 6 instead of 5. I trained legs, but I didn’t squat very heavy. I got some work done, but not a record performance day. And now, here I am writing a brief article that probably won’t even top 750 words.
I don’t believe in completely taking it slow and easing my way back in. What’s the point? Might as well just take the day off.
What works best for me is a solid 80-90% on day 1 back in the game, 90-100% on day 2, and back to full speed by day 3.
Never Be Completely Out of the Game
One way to make it easier on yourself getting back into the game is to never completely leave.
I might not have gone to the gym for that stretch of time, but I was still getting plenty of exercise through manual labor. It was a nice change of pace. I have to admit – I prefer the gym!
I made sure to still get enough calories in each day, but I wasn’t tracking my macros at all.
The time away from my work and the blog offered time for reflection and strategizing.
I’m never completely out of the game.
So you’re on a break from the gym or work or school or whatever. How can you leverage this time to benefit you when you return? Answer that for yourself and you are never out of the game either.
Embrace the Grind
The first day back after a long break is the toughest. Just accept it and grind it out.
Average people can’t stand the grind, while successful people embrace it.
Most of the time, we are just creating a monster in our mind that doesn’t even exist – in other words, the grind isn’t that bad!
I could run in circles about this, but it’s not that complicated. You either suck it up and get to work or you pussy-foot around.
I prefer the former over the latter.
No one is perfect. Sometimes we lose focus, we get distracted, or something unavoidable comes up.
If something important comes up, deal with it and get back in the game as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the harder it will be.
Whenever possible, try to leverage your time away to improve yourself when you get back in the game. When the time comes, hit the ground jogging and embrace the grind.
Until Next Time,
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