It’s strange but true – that those who dispense advice (correct advice) – well intentioned and well meaning advice – stuff that works – are often (unintentionally) guilty of not following that very same advice on occasion.
For instance, I talk about the importance of visualization a lot – but there have been times in my life, when oddly enough ,I stopped doing the very same thing I used to tell others to do all the time.
Oddly enough, we as human beings often forget what brought us success in the first place, and omit to repeat those same actions over and over again for CONTINUAL success … and sometimes, we plain out omit to “practice what we preach”.
Case in point, you may ask?
Well, a few days ago I posted about training to failure per workout, and why this is NOT a good idea.
And today, as I sit here recovering from a nasty stomach bug and some form of a mild viral infection, I’m forced to ponder what I said before – and admit that I (either inadvertently or not) NEGLECTED to follow that same advice that I gave YOU, my friend.
That being, not to push to failure every workout.
A couple of days ago, something was “off” in my workout.
I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but every cell in my body seemed nigh sluggish.
The pull-ups seemed to take an eternity – and dips, one of my favorite exercise, and one that elicits a very enthusiastic “lets do more!” response from me every time I do ’em were something I just “had to” get over with.
Then of course came the hill climb, and that wasn’t “right” either. I kept feeling sluggish all throughout and WEAK, and yet I finished up – and when I came home, I ate a meal – and it all started.
From an upset stomach (big time) to a viral infection that laid me up in bed for the better half of yesterday and the entire day before that, it was my body telling me – enough is enough, Rahul.
You’ll recall I’ve been hitting it hard and heavy over the past few weeks, but I might have (probably did) gone overboard a bit over the past week or so, and when my body told me I HAD – well – I should have listened!
Yours truly is no different from the rest of you, my friend. I too need and am AS deserving of a kick up the booty as the general populace might be on occasion – and I sure got one!
Now, the other side of the coin i.e. when NOT to listen to your body – and this is one that is perhaps even more applicable to most people than above.
When you come home from an 8 hour shift at the office, grouchy, irritable and tired, the LAST thing on your mind is probably sticking to your workout session.
Your body will want to do nothing other than slump into the couch and “do it tomorrow” (exercise).
Or, if you’ve got a very slight case of the sniffles, your body’s first reaction might be to “just rest”.
If you’re seriously overweight and on the System, then your initial few months will be a test of how well you push back AGAINST your body “rebelling” as you do the exercises – as opposed to “caving in” (and sort of “listening to it”).
In times like this, and they are admittedly FAR more common than the sort of case I mentioned at the start of the e-mail, it’s prudent to remind your body that YOU are the Master of the ship – NOT the other way around.
It is also very prudent to remember that there is a time to listen to the shipmates, as it were – and then there is a time to simply take the lead and just do it.
The latter is what most of you reading will need to bear in mind, but the former is important too – make no mistake about that!
Well, my friend, that is it for today. I’ll be back again later!
P.S. – More such “home truths” are stated in the 10 Commandments of Physical Success in the 0 Excuses Fitness System, which you can pick up right HERE – – https://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/