Health wagon…when you stay consistent and train all the time, eat healthy, focus on self-care and everything is awesome, you know that feeling right? Nope, me neither.
Let’s face it being consistent with eating healthy eating, exercising, self care and anything else for that matter takes practice, commitment and will power. You have to start building new habits but consistency is key. (I got quite obsessed with habits lately and found The Power of habit quite interesting. If you want to check out a quick video rather than reading the book, then go here.)
If you’re like most people you’ve definitely experienced, at least once in your life, that feeling when all you want to do is NOTHING! Committing to doing actual s**t is rather difficult, wouldn’t you agree? Life gets in the way and then next thing you know it’s been a few months and you’re in the same state of mind. And you know what? That’s fine .. it happens to all of us. It’s not about having bad days, weeks, months…it’s all about how we rise above it all and what attitude we have towards it.
I’ve recently recovered from a torn MCL ligament in my knee and I was off training for over 3 months. Needless to say getting back on it was quite hard but once I did, I felt so much better. I know many people who struggle with this so wanted to share a few simple (if I do say so myself!) actionable tips. There’s gonna be a little challenge at the end of the article, so stay tuned! Without further ado here are some tips:
1.Start with a walk or take the stairs at work instead of the lift
photo credit: Life tastes well
Doing some sort of exercise it’s still better than nothing so if you feel like it’s just too hard to go all the way in just start small, no pressure at all, it’s no competition, you’re your own person and will do things when you feel better.
2. Get an accountability buddy
Life with friends is so much better, wouldn’t you agree? We all know being surrounded by like minded individuals helps us thrive. Same goes for exercising. Training with a friend or committing to exercising on a particular day is more likely to keep you accountable. It usually is that gentle push we all need from time to time.
3. Schedule an activity over the weekend
Meet your friends for a walk in the park or organise a hike or a cycling trip. It will be something different, fun and chances are you’ll enjoy it more as there’s no pressure. Of course if you get a bit competitive that never hurt anyone! Having friends who share your passions it’s a bonus but if that’s not the case, consider engaging your work mates or any of you social groups. We do this at work and we try to go hiking once a month which is awesome. Have recently started and it’s been great.
4. Have a healthy lunch every day for a week
Let’s face it, we’re all guilty of this, we eat crap cos we are not exercising so what difference is eating healthy gonna make, right? Wrong! What we eat has a huge impact. Unhealthy saturated fats (the kind you will find in takeaways), refined sugars and processed food will actually alter the chemistry of your body. Challenge yourself to eat a healthy lunch everyday for a week. Chances are this will help get you back on the health wagon as it will make you realise how much better and more productive you feel after eating it. Over the weekend cook with friends or try out new healthy recipes and add more spices and herbs to your food. Remember to eat slowly and mindfully, ideally not in front of your TV!
5. Stay away from alcohol
Keep alcohol for social occasions only and substitute your sugary drinks with some refreshing water. You can jazz it up with some fruits and here’s a simple recipe.
6. Get plenty of sleep, rest up and be kind on yourself.
It’s important to give your body adequate rest to recover. Don’t be too harsh on yourself, love yourself like you life depends on it, because it does and just know that you’re exactly where you should be.
7. Make it official
Have you been trying to start exercising for a few months now without any luck? Make it official! Set a date in your calendar alongside with the other commitments and make sure you do it. Remember if you don’t schedule it, it won’t feel real! Use social media or a friend to keep you accountable if you feel like you’re likely to slip.
8. Overcome those negative thoughts.
Taking some me time to reflect on your thoughts it’s super important. Call it meditation, reflection upon self or whatever swings your boat. You can take a 30 minutes walk with no gadgets around, play some relaxing music and focus on your breathing or simply close your eyes in silence and notice your thoughts, acknowledge them and then let go. I love Headspace as it’s very straight forward especially if you’re just starting out. Also checkout Kris Carr for some great techniques. If you want to explore this more in depth here’s another useful post for you.
9. Be kind to yourself
One of the things that’s very common to do is being super judgemental towards yourself and giving yourself a hard time. Remember always do your best and be kind, you’re trying and it’s always best to make small consistent steps than no steps at all 😉
10. Finally….just get S**t done!
I know pretty straight forward but let’s face it: you can plan all you want but unless you go through with it then all the tips above are useless. I know you might feel anxious, I for one experience that going back. I feel like everyone is judging me thinking few months ago she could lift x amount and now she can’t even lift y amount. But at the end of the day it’s you against your own demons and YOU alone have the power to do something about it.
All it takes sometimes it’s just the will to get it done, simple as that. Set mini goals with a date on, bring a positive attitude and get it done, you got this!
So…what are you waiting for? I want you to choose one thing from the list and take action NOW! Make it a priority this week and let’s get your groove on baby!
Would love to hear in the comments box below which one you went for this week or if you have any other tips to get you back on that health wagon.
In the meantime, focus on the good!
Sharing is caring – If you think this could help a friend, colleague or loved one, be kind and spread the word (ᵔᴥᵔ)