I have a friend, Ed, who’s uber-disciplined. He’s one of those guys who’s up at 5 o’clock in the morning punching it out, just about every weekday. The thing is, he pushes himself hard – but not so hard that he’s going to get injured.
Ed has been able to find that all-important balance between knowing his limits, and breaking them. There’s no real trick to it – but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. It’s natural to want to push yourself, but if you shoot for too much, you’re going to get injured. Before you know it, a six-week injury turns into a six-month hiatus. Trust me, it’s easier to stay on the horse if you never get off in the first place.
A lot of people see exercise as an all-or-nothing situation, which is understandable. But it’s important to remember that your health isn’t a competition. When it comes to working out, it’s not about success or failure. There are already enough areas in your life where you’re going to feel that way, so you don’t need that added pressure.