Something Is Better Than Nothing

This past weekend I attended a fitness conference with an amazing lineup of presenters.  Even after 11 years in the fitness industry, I love attending these events.   I’m a lifetime student always learning more and honing my craft.

I went to a presentation by Al Vermeil about joint mobility, not knowing anything about him.  To my surprise, Al was the strength and conditioning coach for the Chicago Bulls and the San Francisco 49ers the years these teams won championships in their respective sports.  That’s a pretty impressive resume.

Al was a great presenter, full of fun and practical advice.  During his presentation, Al said the following statement:

“Every time you miss a workout, the next one is easier to miss.”

This statement really hit home because I’ve seen this time and time again working in the fitness industry and in my own life.    One workout is missed, then an entire week of workouts are missed, then it’s been an entire month of never setting foot back into the gym.

It’s easy to get thrown off your workout routine when life gets busy and days get long.  So what do you do?  Do you just trash your workout plan?

The all or nothing attitude is common when it comes to making health changes.  Either you’re following your plan 100% or you not.  I’m here to tell you that doing something is better than nothing.  Doing part of your workout or a mini workout is better than missing an entire workout.

The other day I had the choice to do something or nothing.  I had a full day of work meetings, video, and family commitments.  Here is what happened.  I did shorter variation of my joint mobility routine.  I followed that with a quick kettlebell circuit of 25 kettlebell swings, 12 kettlebell overhead presses, and 12 kettlebell goblet squats.  I did three rounds of this circuit.  That’s it!  The following day, I got back to my regular exercise routine.

Be consistent with movement and you’ll always see improvements.  That’s the magic of exercise.  You’ll get better if you just do it.