How are you feeling today?
How did you sleep last night?
Did you eat breakfast today?
Are you sore from your last workout?
How is your energy today?
Those are five common questions I ask clients before a training session and I do it to get an idea if we need to make any modifications to their workout.
A long-term plan is needed when working towards any fitness/health goal, but it is important to do a check-in with yourself before any workout.
If the plan is to do a higher-intensity conditioning session, but you are still sore from your last strength workout, then you need to make some changes.
Just pushing through with the workout, because that is what is on the schedule, is probably not the best option.
It may be better to take it light, or take the day off completely, and do the planned workout tomorrow.
You will be more recovered and will have much more to put in to the workout.
Think of each of your workouts as investment in your health and wellness account.
You do it to improve your health, strength, and long-term well-being.
Where do you picture yourself health-wise 20 years from now?
Think long-term health and wellness, but take it one day at a time.