No matter how much you love Jiu Jitsu, there will still be days you don’t feel like training. Skipping a planned workout or class happens for a variety of reasons. And the trick is getting back on track so that one missed class doesn’t turn into a month of missed classes.
Here are some things to consider on the days you don’t feel like training:
1. Training Load and Stress
If you wake up and don’t feel like training, look back on your past week or two of classes. If you’ve been training a lot more than usual and at a higher intensity, you might be due for a recovery or rest day. Another consideration is the stress you’re experiencing outside of Jiu Jitsu. If you’ve got a lot going on, it can affect how you feel on the mats. Consider all sources of physical and mental stress and ask yourself if you need to take a day off.
Some days, your level of motivation will drop. Perhaps for no good reason. If you’re struggling with getting to a class, think about how you’ll feel later in the day if you don’t train. Will you have any regrets or feel disappointed that you didn’t make it happen? Or do you know that you need a day off and that you will feel better if you don’t go?
3. Martial Arts Goals
Another thing to consider is how missing a class or two will affect your martial arts goals. Keeping your goals at the front of your mind can be a significant source of motivation and push you to stick to your training routine. But if you find that you don’t really care that much about chasing an existing goal, it might be time to reassess your goals and set some new ones that will challenge you and get you excited about Jiu Jitsu training.
4. Reasons (or Excuses)
Listen to the reasons you have for not training. Are you tired? Hungry? Ready to sit on the couch and watch Netflix after work? Again, consider why you feel this way and ask yourself will you probably feel better or worse if you don’t train that day. Chances are, you’re going to feel a lot better. The couch and Netflix queue can wait until later.
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