It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
You can plan to exercise every day just like you can plan to win the lottery or be elected president. Great goals, but there are some things that the gap between wanting and doing is vast. And it may just not be realistic for you in this moment, which is okay. Only 5% of Americans exercise every single day, so don’t feel bad if you can’t hit that mark.
Sure, it’s great if you can be part of that elite 5%. But the reality is that most us don’t have the time for daily workouts even if we have superior motivation. Expecting yourself to suddenly become a workout warrior is setting the bar just a little too high. And there’s the potential chain reaction it can cause when you miss that Monday workout and you feel like the whole week is shot.
What’s most important is to be consistent with what you can do. Even if it’s possible to workout every single day, why not aim for 3 or 4 days per week and over-deliver rather than shoot for the stars and fall short.
Consider your schedule and level of commitment when setting your exercise goals. Make your goals challenging but achievable. Living up to the challenge is a great feeling and will keep you motivated to continue.