What Happens When Your Workout Gets Sidelined?


The other day, I was planning on a two-hour bike ride. I drove all the way to Jones Beach and en route, I started to see lightning and then, a downpour. My bike was on the back of my car and from my rearview mirror, I could see it getting soaked.

I turned around at the closest turnaround and drove home, feeling discouraged. I had a plan and that plan got sidelined. Hence this blog post.

Obviously, life is unpredictable, and disruptions to your workout routine are inevitable. Whether it’s a sudden change in the weather, a missed alarm, or forgetting an essential item for your workout, these interruptions can be frustrating. (How many times have you gone out for a bike ride to find that you forgot to put your bike on the rack???)

Here are some strategies to help you stay adaptable and maintain a positive mindset.

1. Have a Backup Plan:

Always have a Plan B for your workouts. If the weather isn’t cooperating for your outdoor run, have an indoor workout ready that you can do at home or at the gym.

2. Utilize Technology:

Take advantage of technology to help keep your workout schedule on track. Set multiple alarms if necessary, and use fitness apps that send reminders for your workout times.

3. Be Flexible:

If you miss your morning workout because your alarm didn’t go off, don’t stress. See if you can fit it in later in the day. If you can’t, forget it and move on the next day.

4. Keep Essentials Packed:

Have a bag packed with your workout essentials at all times. This can include items like a water bottle, towel, change of clothes, running shoes, and any equipment you might need. Having this ready to go will ensure that you’re always prepared for a workout, even if you forget to pack something.

5. Practice Mindfulness:

When disruptions occur, it’s easy to become frustrated or stressed. Instead, view these interruptions as opportunities to practice mindfulness and resilience. Take a few deep breaths, acknowledge the disruption, and then let it go. Focus on what you can control, and move forward.

6. Embrace the Unexpected:

Sometimes, disruptions can lead to new opportunities. If you forget your running shoes, maybe it’s a chance to try a barefoot beach run. If the pool is closed, maybe it’s a chance to try a new class at the gym. Stay open to new experiences and see every disruption as a potential opportunity.

Remember, consistency is key to fitness. Don’t let minor disruptions discourage you or prevent you from working towards your goals. With flexibility, resilience, and a positive mindset, you can navigate any obstacle that comes your way.