When we train with weights we cause an adaptation over time by increasing the load. This is a controlled and forced adaptation that makes us stronger.
But how do we adapt when we are no longer in control? I think everyone has received an awakening that it’s important for us to be flexible and adaptable.
The same way we can force adaptation on our bodies, life has a way of forcing adaptation on our behaviours. This makes it so that our meticulously laid-out plans and schedules need to be adjusted and our goals need to be recalibrated. But we don’t have to abandon our goals just because our plan doesn’t work anymore, we just need to modify our processes.
Maybe you’re used to lifting weights at the gym five to six days per week, but that’s no longer feasible. And while unexpected change can be tremendously frustrating and harrowing (and you should experience and process those emotions as you need,) constantly lamenting about it or waiting until you can go “back to the way it was” will not serve you.
Instead of complaining about what you can’t do, PIVOT and focus on what you can do. You can modify and adapt your routine in a way that will serve you with what you have available to you now.
Can’t train with weights? Try doing bodyweight exercises.
Can’t use your regular cardio machine? Go for a walk, or run, or do circuit training in your home.
Have an injured shoulder? Train your lower body and core.
Just because life throws us a curve-ball, that doesn’t mean we have to give up and quit. Can you imagine what type of world we’d live in if everybody quit something as soon as there was a change, it became difficult, or there was discomfort? Literally NO THING would ever be accomplished.
Adaptation allows you to carry on despite adversity. The same way our bodies adapt to training and we become stronger, we need to adapt our mindset around our behaviours. Adaptation always leads to a better end result than sitting around and twiddling our thumbs until our lives are ideal.
Stay focused on your goals and adaptable on your methods.