So, you haven’t been to the gym in a few months or eaten well for just as long? It happens to everyone, but it’s never too late to get back on track with your fitness goals. Check out my top four tips for getting over a health and fitness setback below.
Don’t Punish Yourself
The last thing you need to do is beat yourself up over it. Elements beyond your control will affect your eating habits and workouts from time to time. Life happens, you guys. If you punish yourself by eating too little or working out too much right away, you’ll risk doing some serious damage to your body, mind, and overall motivation. You’ll be better off in the long run if you take a realistic approach to health and fitness. And, in the end, you’ll probably just come back that much stronger. Being healthy and fit should be a lifelong goal, so try to enjoy the journey.
Start Where You Are
If you’ve only taken a short break because of a holiday or vacation, you are probably just fine starting where you left off in terms of your workouts. If you’re coming back from an injury or a long hiatus, take the time to assess your current fitness level. You may need to build back up to the amount of work you were previously doing. Start with flexibility and mobility workouts, build up to light cardio, and finally begin strength training again. Rest when necessary and make sure you are listening to your body. Another injury or break will just prolong the process.
Focus on Fuel
Instead of thinking of all of the food and drinks you shouldn’t have, try to focus on what your body needs in order to become stronger, fitter, and healthier. Set daily hydration goals and do your best to eat a vegetable at every meal. It’s a lot easier to stay motivated if you aren’t constantly focusing on the negative aspects of sticking to a diet. If you’re eating-well at least 80% of the time, be sure to treat yourself every now and then. Remember how I mentioned that this is a lifelong process? Well, I don’t know about you, but I find that life is a lot more fun when the occasional donut is involved.
Get Plenty of Sleep
One of the most important things you can do to achieve your goals is to sleep, sleep, and sleep. And I don’t mean just hitting your snooze button a few times. Really give yourself time to heal and recoup, especially after more intense workouts and stressful days. Going to bed a bit earlier and doing what it takes to get a restful night’s sleep can make all the difference in achieving your goals. Poor sleep can lead to weight gain, focus and attention issues, and a lack of motivation in general. While the recommended amount of sleep varies from person to person, a good place to start is a solid 7-9 hours.