We all have our bad days. Whether it’s because nothing seems to be going right or simply a lack of motivation to do anything, we let these negative feelings take over and as a result, decide to skip that training session – despite planning to go for it in advance. As a result, we end up lazing on the couch and/or binge watching our favorite TV shows, because “there’s always tomorrow to train”.
How many times have you given in to those feelings, or made excuses just so you can skip that Muay Thai or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) class without feeling guilty? Well, you’re not alone. We have been in your position (and even skipped some classes – which we now regret!) so we fully understand what you’re going through. That’s why we’re here to let you know why it’s so important for you to train, especially on the days when you simply don’t feel like it, or want to.
Ready to find out why? Today, Evolve Daily reveals 5 Reasons Why You Need To Show Up For That Class You Don’t Feel Like Attending:
1) Because you’ll feel better after training
You could be having the worst day ever, but trust us, all that will change when you get on the mats and power through a class. For starters, you’d focus on learning and getting the technique of the day right – so there’s no room in your mind or time to dwell on your frustrations or worries. Also, you’d feel great when you know that you managed to power through your training session despite not feeling 100% before heading to the gym.
Besides that, it has been scientifically proven that martial arts has the ability to keep you happy and stress-free! So destroy your excuses and remember that training would put you in a better mood even if you start off feeling lousy – and of course, make a trip to the gym!
2) Because you’re responsible for your own success
At the end of the day, how much you choose to invest in your martial arts journey is entirely up to you. So it boils down to how much you want to achieve success and crush those goals. It’s no secret that hard work and commitment are some of the key ingredients for success in martial arts. After all, you reap what you sow.
Whenever you feel unmotivated, it helps to remember why you even started training in the first place and look at how far you’ve made it since day 1. If you really need that extra push, then try some of these sneaky ways to get yourself to the gym!
3) Because you’ll learn to thrive outside your comfort zone
No one likes being in uncomfortable situations. And we know you’d probably be thrown out of your comfort zone when you train on a day where you don’t want to. But here’s the thing: you learn and grow the most outside your comfort zone.
You might worry that your performance would get affected when you don’t feel like training, but you should still do it anyway. This is because you aren’t always going to feel 100% even when in the ring – so why not train yourself to adapt to such situations? By doing so, you’ll be able to perform at your best, even on your worst days.
4) Because this is how you’ll toughen up
We always talk about how martial arts can strengthen you both physically and mentally. Well, you gain more strength – in more ways than one – when you show up for the class you don’t feel like attending. This is because it takes more out of you to get yourself to the gym, and of course, helps you toughen up in the long run – especially if you make it through every session despite feeling crappy at the beginning. And this is only the mental aspect, as you’d toughen up physically just by training!
5) Because you’ll be able to unleash your greatness
When you push yourself to train on days where training is the last thing on your mind, you’re actually making yourself more disciplined. And the best part is that discipline always wins. Yes, motivation is great, but when you take that away, all that’s left is self-discipline – and the desire to evolve into the best martial artist you can be.
By overcoming these negative feelings whenever they pop up, you’d gain an unbreakable warrior spirit that would help you overcome all kinds of obstacles, not just in the gym, but also in life.
Remember, your couch and favorite TV shows are still going to be there when you return from the gym. You can always laze some other time, but you can’t go back to that training session you missed. So make every moment on the mats count! Go on, you got this!