Some days, the brain doesn't work. Some days, the weights feel darn heavy. Everything is moving at a slow pace and the fog does not lift.
I am sure you've had days like this. I am having one of those days right about now.
Some days, the article writes itself. Some days, I can do no wrong at the gym. The weight flies up. My technique requires no thought - it feels natural and the bells feel like a natural extension of my arms.
I've had days like this as well, as I am sure you have too.
Without the down
Without the bad days, we won't have any 'good days'. If every day was a 7/10, life would be a lot easier but a lot more boring.
Without a down, there's no meaning of the word up, is there?
Do what you can
But what do you do on a down day? Is it a day to pack it in and not do anything? What if there's work to be done? Something that actually needs to be delivered, and not an article that could be construed as optional?
You do what you can.
It is easy to skip a workout. It is easy to say "I don't feel like it today" and vegetate. But when we get into the habit of showing up to the gym and doing something - as little as a set or two, we make a huge change.
Because the next day you feel like this, you know it is possible to not give in. You know it is possible to fight the good fight. You know it is possible to show up.
I've put in a lot of time and effort to fall in love with fitness. This makes for a lot of easy days at the gym - days when I can't wait to go in there. But on the days when I do not feel like it, I know if I show up and just do something, it makes all the difference.
Today's one of those days. I don't feel like it. But I'll head in and do a few sets of swings and goof around. Because when I am done, I will feel a whole lot better.
And so will you.