If you’re struggling to get into training at home:
Change is never easy. Picture a dense jungle with no roads. No one has ever walked through it. You want to walk through but it’s hard because no one has cleared the way. With much effort, finally you get to the other side. Now let’s say you were to walk through that exact path way you just created. You’d find your way based on your fresh foot prints. Every time you walk that route, you are creating a pathway. Eventually, after a few walks, you establish a road. One that you no longer have to battle with to get through.
OK, that’s great Xenia. Jungle roads. Maybe you need some carbs..
Stick with me. I have a point
Our brains are made of billions of neural pathways. Neural pathways are like super highways that deliver messages within the brain and body. When you’re driving home from work, or brushing your teeth, you don’t have to think about how to do these things, It “comes naturally”. You’ve done it countless times and it’s innate. This is thanks to the neural pathways you’ve developed through repetitive action. You’ve created habits, and your brain/body connection knows it well. This is called habitual action.
When we want to create new habits, we need to switch from habitual actions to goal oriented action. With intent and action we will establish new neural pathways which become effortless habits.
Let’s apply this to training from home. Right now you are facing an unfamiliar situation. You know you want to keep on track with your training at home, you just don’t have those neural pathways established so it’s hard to get going.
Every time you workout at home you are paving a new “road”. It wont happen over night. Every time you miss your scheduled workout, you are re-establishing the neural pathways that go against what you want and letting the new road you desire deteriorate.
How you think and the choices you make are literally changing the biology and chemistry of your brain.
BOTTOM LINE- Getting into working out at home after establishing your gym routine isn’t easy. You need to be consistent with discipline until your goal oriented actions become established ways.