Someone close to me once said, “If you are going to do a half-ass job, you might as well not do it at all”. In most cases, I agree, but when it comes to working out, I don’t always agree…. Breathe ‘slowly’ if you are a physical trainer! I know you might be thinking WTH!!?? But, I had this revelation this morning.
To give you some backdrop, I have been working investment banker hours, for no compensation. This weekend, I travelled by Bus (to save money) to NYC, for business. I am ALWAYS working, and technically when I work out, it’s for work. But I’m human too. I often feel spurts of total demotivation to exercise, just like everyone else and I’m far from #1 on my Nexercise friend’s leaderboard.
This morning when I woke up, my back hurt and I was at an all time low. I was really in NO mood to work out. In fact I was kicking myself for not working out on Monday and missing my Virtual Medal ‘Monday Maniac’ bonus that would benefit me the rest of the week. As I lay there in bed, checking my emails, I began to think heavily on the WHY. WHY was I so demotivated to Nexercise today? I could feel myself slipping into a period of inactivity, because this week is just so hectic. Was I demotivated because I missed Monday? Was I demotivated because my back hurt? I saw this as a perfect opportunity to learn about my own personal motivation, which hopefully may benefit others.
I concluded the following: I was tired, my back hurt, and it was just EASIER to lay there. Unfortunately, I don’t qualify for Nexercise rewards, so that part of the motivation doesn’t give me a nudge. The only reward I qualify for is, if Nexercise becomes a huge success! I looked at the clock and saw it was before 9 am, so I could get at least a decent “Early Bird” bonus. But most importantly, I could put that gold bar on my calendar and break this streak of inactivity. I said to myself, I’m going to do JUST 15 minutes of Kettlebells. #1) Because I need a strength workout, and #2) The Kettlebells are not far from my Bed, so there wasn’t much of a barrier, like driving to the Gym. And let me tell you folks, it was a tough 15 minutes, where I wasn’t that motivated. It was truly “HALF-ASS”
A Strange thing occurred to me when I finished. Even though it was a half-ass workout, I felt better for once. Usually when I have half-ass workouts they make it less likely for me to be consistent, because I’m focusing on the results, NOT the behavior of just doing something. And not working out is even worse because an object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion (on a frictionless surface! Check your science manual). Exercise regimens are full of friction points. I felt good because I had received my points, got my gold bar on my calendar, and it would mean tomorrow, I would have more incentive to do physical activity and go longer and stronger.
What do you guys think? Do you think a half-ass workout can be better than none?