How To Get Your Health And Fitness Back On Track
At the present time I feel like I am an expert in this area. I’m constantly focusing on other people’s health and fitness and am running a health and fitness business so it’s on my mind 24/7. This can lead to a burn out in my own goals and training.
1. Get Back To Basics
If you have already lost some weight, then it can be easy to feel a little complacent. Start tracking again, count your daily glasses of water, go for a walk (even if you don’t do any other workouts), just start again. It only takes one workout to get back into it.
2. Take It One Day At A Time
If you have made lots of changes before, you might think about making all of them at the same time again, but that is a quick way to feel overwhelmed. Just take each day as it comes and make small changes. Maybe start off with healthy breakfasts for the week and going for a walk. Then the next week move on to upping your workout.
4. Do A Small Workout
You don’t have to go to the gym and kill it for over an hour. A small workout is better than no workout, so do a 10 minute workout in your living room, go for a quick run or train your favourite muscle group.
5. Try Some New Recipes
You will find it hard to get back to healthy eating if you are not excited about the meals you have planned. Look online, look through recipe books and magazines and make something new.
6. Remember That Food Is Not The Enemy
There is no good and bad food, you don’t have to 100% cut things out of your diet and never eat the things you enjoy again. Getting healthy and losing weight is about creating a healthy relationship with food, not an even unhealthier one.
7. Be Positive
Positivity goes a long way and that includes not being negative to the way your body currently looks. You may want to change the way your body looks, but constantly saying negative things about yourself is not going to help. You can still love your body as it is at the time and work on changing it to make it healthier.
8. Remind Yourself Of How You Feel When You Are Not On Track
When I am eating junk and skipping my workouts, I feel like crap. If I am struggling to get back in to a routine, I remind myself of that feeling and that I don’t want to feel like that any more.
9. Plan, Prepare, Schedule
The saying goes, fail to plan and you plan to fail. I agree with that to an extent. Sometimes you can get by without planning but I think it is my planning that helped me stay on track so much. Plan out a realistic workout schedule and stick to it. Schedule in workouts like you would a meeting and don’t back out of it. Plan your meals for the week and do an hour or 2 of food preparation on a Sunday and you will save yourself a lot of time.
10. Cut Out The Alcohol
Again, this isn’t an issue for everyone, but apart from the alcohol itself being empty calories, you don’t exactly feel like eating a salad when drinking. Drinking is associated with junk food, so my food choices are never good when drinking. Also, the next day I don’t feel like a healthy breakfast and I certainly don’t feel like working out, so it has a knock on effect.
11. Get Some Support
Let your friends and family know that you are back to being healthy and that you would appreciate their support. Chances are you will know someone that is wanting to get healthy too, so support each other, train together and motivate each other.
12. Just Suck It Up And Get On With It
Yes it sucks that you have gained some weight and it is so much easier to just sit back and not do anything, but if you want to feel good again, you just have to get on with it. Sure it is going to be hard, you are going to get angry and frustrated, but remember that it will all be worth it in the end.
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