If you go to the gym a couple times a week, then miss a week here, only go one time that week and get back on track the next… it doesn’t help you.
If you eat well for few days, have a friend come in town on the weekend and go out to eat a couple times, get back on board Monday and meet people for drinks on Tuesday, it doesn’t help you.
If you get 4 hours of sleep a night because you have to finish Squid Game and YOU, but on the weekend you sleep in, it doesn’t help you.
If you have pain in your knee and still want to work out without addressing that pain, so you wrap it, put tape on it and carry on, it doesn’t help you.
In all of those cases, the same thing will help. Even though they have to do with very different aspects of your wellness, the strategy is the same. Consistent effort towards the goal. That is the only thing that helps.
Bring a sporadic gym rat is the opposite of consistency. You’ll never grow to be ok with working out and you definitely won’t see the fruits of your labor, so it is almost a waste of time. You’ll grow to dread working out rather than looking forward to what it can do for you. A consistent schedule brings all those advantages to the forefront.
Learning how to navigate friends coming into town and planning how to eat on a day to day basis are the things that will help you. Obviously, a slip up from time to time may be bound to happen, but that slip up shouldn’t be every weekend, during the week at happy hour, etc. Consistently choosing the right foods and laying off bad choices will keep you vibrant and play into your goals of improving health markers and physical performance.
Trying to catch up on sleep is a myth. Consistently going to bed and waking up at the same relative time is what enhances productivity and performance. Getting adequate sleep is what helps with recovery and adaptation to help injuries heal and muscles to grow.
Putting “band-aids” on injuries only hides the problem. It usually doesn’t heal them. Time, strategy, and addressing why the pain is happening in the first place can help you heal. If you have something going on with your knee, get an assessment to figure out WHY there is something going on with your knee. Don’t just wrap it. Find out where the cause of pain is from and strategically address a program to help fix it. Then do the program… CONSISTENTLY.
We can all improve, but if we are looking for fast answers, they probably won’t be good ones. A shortcut sounds nice, but your body knows when you are cheating the race.