The Journey to Better Fitness: Why You Shouldn't Wait For The Perfect Moment
When life throws you a curveball, it is understandable to hit the pause to your health and fitness until everything gets sorted.
I will start as soon as.
My kids are back in school
After my holiday trip
When I can afford to pay for a gym membership
When work slows down...
Listen, I get it.
It can feel absurd to try to improve your eating and exercise habits while you’re in the midst of chronic stress or major life changes.
But I want to challenge you to think about it this way- by putting your health on the back burner, are you actually making things better? Or worse?
The truth is, all or nothing thinking won’t get you closer to your goals- it will only set you up for frustration and disappointment.
There will never be a perfect moment where everything lines up in your favour and you can start your fitness journey without any bumps in the road. The situation will always arise where you have to pause your goals- so why not start now?
Life doesn't pause and neither should your health and fitness journey. Expect things never really slow down permanently.
There is never a perfect time to start working on your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing but there are always ways to make it work for you.
Here are ten tips that can help you get started today:
Tip # 1: Start small:
The key is to start small and gradually increase the intensity as you go along. And when life does throw a curveball, don't beat yourself up! Just pick yourself up and continue on your journey.
Don’t try to overhaul your whole life all at once. Start with something small like drinking more water or walking around the block after dinner. Something that is important to you right now and can be easily integrated into your day-to-day life.
Tip # 2: Stop comparing yourself to others:
Comparison is the thief of joy. We are all on our own unique journey in life and there is no one that is better or worse than you. So, focus on your own progress and don’t compare yourself to others.
Tip # 3: Don’t beat up on yourself when you miss a workout or eat poorly:
Life happens and it is easy to get sidetracked by the daily grind of life. Don’t make it worse by beating up on your self-esteem with negative thoughts like “I’m so lazy” or “I’m such a bad person.” Instead, focus on what you can do tomorrow to get back on track.
Tip # 4: Be consistent:
Just because you started your journey doesn't mean that it will be easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle long-term. The key is being consistent and never giving up on what matters most to you – no matter how hard it gets.
Tip # 5: Make Time For Exercise:
Finding the time to exercise can be difficult, especially if your days are already packed. However, making time for a workout is essential to getting and staying in shape.
One way to make time is to schedule your workouts like you would any other appointment. This will help ensure that you don't miss them and they become a priority.
Another way to make time for exercise is to be active every day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk or ride your bike when going places and always park as far from a store's entrance as possible to get in those extra steps throughout the day.
Tip # 6: Turn Your Workouts Into Play Time:
When you think about working out, it is natural to feel overwhelmed or intimidated. This doesn't have to be the case though. You can make your workouts fun and enjoyable by turning them into playtime.
Challenge a friend to a game of tennis, go for a hike in the park or take a dance class together. Not only will you enjoy yourself more but you'll also enjoy your workouts more, which will help you remain consistent.
Tip # 7: Find The Right Workout For You
There are countless workout options that can benefit both men and women who want to get in shape but not all of them may be the right fit for you.
Before signing up for a membership or scheduling yourself in an early morning class, take the time to explore different types of workouts and find the one that is best for you.
If you don't enjoy running, don't force yourself to go on a jog every day. If lifting weights isn't your thing, try an aerial yoga class instead. There is something out there for everyone so it's important to find the workout that you will enjoy and stick with.
Tip # 8: Eat Healthy, Even When You're Busy
It can be difficult to make healthy eating choices when you're always on the go but it's not impossible. In fact, there are a few tips that can help make eating healthier easier for you.
For one, try to have healthy snacks on hand at all times. This will stop you from resorting to unhealthy options when hunger strikes.
Another way to make eating healthier easier for you is by planning your meals in advance. That means taking the time each week or month to meal prep so that every day of the workweek feels like you have something to eat.
Tip # 9: Take Time For Yourself:
It's easy to get wrapped up in everything that is going on in your life and forget to take some time for yourself but it's important not to neglect self-care.
Make sure you schedule at least one day each week where you do something that you enjoy and will make you feel good. Whether it's going to the spa, watching your favourite show or having a girls' night out with friends, taking time for yourself is one of the best ways to ensure that you stay healthy and happy.
Tip # 10: Anticipate and strategies:
There will always be bumps in the road, but if you are prepared for them they won’t seem so bad. Before you start your week, ask yourself what might potentially get in your way. This can help you to plan ahead and be better prepared for any obstacles that come up along the way.
The bottom line is that there is no perfect time to start your health and fitness journey – it's always better to start today than wait for tomorrow. So what are you waiting for? Get started on your journey today!
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