Updated: Oct 3, 2019
Sometimes life happens and we can get a little off track. Family commitments pop up, sickness kicks in, or you get stuck with overtime at work. Then all of a sudden your exercise routine goes from regular to non-existent. While being distracted by the everyday is part of our human nature, bad habits seem to be dragging us down more consistently over time. If you have found yourself a little off track and needing a motivation boost, here are some of my tips on how to restart your exercise habit and get back into a healthy routine. Acknowledge it In order for us to deal with a bad habit, we should first identify and acknowledge it. Admission and acceptance are the first stages we have to come through to allow ourselves to finally break a bad habit. If we remain confused about our habits, then it will be impossible for us to make any adjustments. So, first of all admit that a certain habit of yours is harmful. Baby steps We are all guilty for this one. We make up our mind to get healthy and next thing we know..... our entire refrigerator and pantry is in the trash, we have an entire new wardrobe, and sign up for a gym membership. Just to visit once and go ALL IN during a workout leaving our body depleted. What I am saying is we do too much too fast. Start by going for walks, incorporating whole foods into your diet over processed foods, buying a quality pair of shoes over a entire wardrobe. Taking baby steps would ensure the positive longevity of your health journey. Stay encouraged by your tribe Join a running club, hire a personal trainer, reach out to that fit friend who only invites you to workout. It is important to stay encouraged during this journey because the smallest things can derail us. I had a client that binged on donuts and decided she was wasting my time as a trainer. She canceled two sessions because of this hiccup. Moments like this is when you need an understanding and encouraging person in your corner. This story leads me into the next point...
Don’t be too hard on yourself Yes you binged on donuts. The day, the week, the month, the year and lastly your journey is not over. Don’t let small hiccups define you. I understand this is easier said than done but I can be done. We are way too hard on ourselves. Let’s take a deep breath, remember why you are starting and get back to crushing your goals. This post was derived from a conversation I had with Mrs. Donita, Mrs. Connie and Mrs. Pat during one of our classes. Thank you guys so much for sharing your presence, wisdom and awesomeness with me. These helpful tips could easily be applied to everything life throws at you.
Tikima Renee Fitness