Something is better than nothing.
That thought was echoing around my head this morning as I woke up later than expected and grudgingly headed down to the hotel gym.
I’m currently on a work trip in NYC, and due to a variety of factors, I’m out of my normal routine. My flight was delayed yesterday, which meant I skipped lunch. With the timezone change, I couldn’t fall asleep and tossed and turned all night. I finally did fall asleep and ended up sleeping well past my scheduled wake-up time to drop in to a local CrossFit gym.
Which is how I wound up heading down to the hotel gym for one of my go-to workouts on the road:
7 rounds each for time with 2:00 rest between rounds:
- 25 Squats
- 15 Burpees
Was it ideal? No. Did I sweat? Yes. Did my heart rate get up? Yes.
That’s when I started to reflect on something I’ve heard Pat Sherwood echo many times before on his podcast.
Something is infinitely better than nothing.
We have this idea in our head of what it means to work out during the day. If our workout doesn’t match that ideal exactly, why even bother?
It’s always worth reminding yourself that something is many, many, many times better than nothing. Life will get in the way of your picture perfect day. Things will come up. You will oversleep. Traffic will make you late. Snow will come down when you wish it would stop.
In those moments, your workouts might not be perfect—and that’s totally okay. Doing something…anything!…is way better than doing nothing.
Go on a walk. Do 100 burpees for time. Do an alternating EMOM of squats and push-ups. Do anything, however small, that pushes you in the right direction towards where you want to be.