You ever wake up in the morning and you don’t want to workout, even though you planned on doing so the night before?
It happens to the best of the best. It can happen at any time of the day, including the afternoon and evening.
You typically train at a certain time of the day, but then, an hour or two before you are to begin, you begin resisting yourself. You begin to play the weasel, looking for excuses why you shouldn’t do so today.
Yes, sometimes it’s good to take a day off. You might find a day off is beneficial once a week, or twice, perhaps even thrice. But once you’ve locked in on your routine and you absolutely recognize its benefits, and you don’t have a single valid excuse in the world for missing, don’t be surprised if the resistance part of your mind wants to invent one.
When this happens you start with a intention that is ridiculously simple; one that you could sleep-walk through. This is what I refer to as “the warmup lap for your brain and nervous system.”
As you begin doing a light series of incredibly easy exercises, you move out of the limbic brain. Without any effort whatsoever, you start feeling better. You move for a few minutes and then you WANT to do more.
You may think of this as “tricking” your brain, and that it won’t work on your mind because you realize it’s a trick.
That’s one of the funniest ideas I’ve ever heard. I suppose that when you watch a scary movie you never feel the emotion of fright because you realized, beforehand, that the move was going to be scary. Really?
Even if you think of this “warmup for the brain and nervous system” as a trick, it doesn’t matter. You brain and body will move from the doldrums and conundrums to the kingdoms of your mind.
Start out slowly. Give your mind an opportunity to get on the same page with your body.
Avoid quarreling with the resistance. Just move and leave the fight, flight or freeze mode behind.
This means, before you begin doing the exercises in Combat Conditioning, start slowly. Roll out your joints. Move in silk-reeling patterns. Take a bunch of deep breaths. Shake your body from head to toe.
Then get into a deep squat and hold the position for a minute or longer. When you arise, you’ll be ready to kick butt.
S’all for now.
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