Ever have a workout that just sucks? You don’t leave feeling like a badass. You just feel meh. Maybe your head wasn’t in the game. Maybe your body didn’t want to cooperate. Maybe your mind muscle connection was dial up speed. Whatever it was, your workout left you feeling blah.
Recently, some pain in my shoulder kept me from doing the workout I had planned. As soon as I started lifting, my shoulder just hurt. I have nothing to gain by pushing through that pain. It’s not worth it. It’s not worth the risk of injury, and I know that!
Psychologically though, it was a hit. My workout was not invigorating. It didn’t make me feel strong, or powerful. I didn’t leave the gym with boundless energy, ready to take on the world. I left the gym feeling MEH at best.
Bad news….not every workout is going to leave you feeling like a rock star. Some days, your workout will be just meh.
Here’s the good news: that’s ok. It’s all a part of the journey, and it’s something you can make peace with.
There are two basic things you can do to help you process, and move on from a bad workout.
Change the way you talk to yourself about it. Change the descriptive words you use. You didn’t fail. You’re not a failure, and you didn’t waste your time. You showed up, and your body needed something different today. That’s all. Take a moment to recognize shame and guilt, and reclaim the right to have imperfect days. You don’t need to be 100% at every moment.
Do something that feels good. Take a walk, a bath, a swim. Take a few deep breaths, stretch, whatever makes you feel good. You still deserve your self-care. Take the time to honor this part of the process, as much as it sucks. Take the lessons, figure out how to apply them to move forward, and then move forward. Your next workout is a brand new invitation to try again.