Did you fall off the fitness wagon? Don’t worry; it happens to everyone at some point in their lives. For me, it’s a love-hate relationship. Sometimes I love it, and sometimes I don’t. There are so many factors that can push a person to hit the gym for an hour a day, or even to eat that one more piece of pizza or cookie and skip the gym that day. With so much happening in our lives it’s easy to lose motivation, to say ‘I’ll go tomorrow’, or to say ‘I’ll get a longer workout in tonight’. Then there are other, serious reasons, such as physical injury, depression, stress, or illnesses. No matter the reason, something can be done to become healthier every single day – you don’t just have to hit the gym.
It’s what you decide to do about it that will determine how quickly you get back on the wagon, or how sideways you really do fall. That’s right; it all comes down to your decisions and your ability to follow-through with your decisions: your decisions on what to eat and your decisions on when / how often to workout.
You don’t even have to hit the gym really hard; just getting in some good exercise can increase your whole well-being.
A few thoughts:
You are normal. Everyone falls off sometimes. It’s okay. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Instead, look at it as a way to move forward.
Start slow. You don’t have to hit the gym every single day. If you’re climbing back on the fitness wagon, it’s not recommended to hit the gym every single day. Starting slow will help you pace yourself, will help you not get the overly sore muscles that makes you not want to return in a couple of days, and will help you not become burned-out quickly. Just getting in 30-60 minutes of any type of exercise is a great way to start building up your momentum. If you start with only 20 minutes, you’ll soon find yourself at 40 minutes with no problem.
Results will be slow. I know how difficult it is when you’ve been in the gym for a couple of weeks, but you don’t really feel like you’re making much progress. You are! If you’re working out and sweating in any way, you’re making progress. It may be slow to see at the moment, but it’ll come. Don’t give up now.
Don’t stop. You may feel like you’re having an off day, or maybe you’re really upset about something…these are times when you should absolutely hit the gym. Typically people who workout when they are mad get a better workout in because they work out their frustration, but be very careful! Your muscles are tense when in states of anger, so you’ll want to stretch a bit longer / more. If you don’t, you could find yourself pulling a muscle and hurting yourself.
Eat right. Fitness isn’t just about what we do in the gym; it’s also what we do in the kitchen. Eating right is essential to the progress you want to make. If you’re eating burgers, fries, pizzas, and sweets then you won’t see (or feel) the progress as quickly (or maybe not much at all), and I promise that you won’t feel any better. It’s not to say that you can’t cheat once in a while (we all do it), but not all of the time. Eat clean – lean chicken, salads, fruit, vegetables, lots and lots of water…you will see and feel progress and results much faster.