You’re on a roll. You’re eating healthy, you’re getting into a workout routine and the pounds are starting to melt off. Then life happens. You get sick, your schedule changes, you’re tempted by your favorite treat. The reason really doesn’t matter. The truth is that you fell off the wagon and ate some unhealthy food and didn’t make it to your weekly workout.
When stuff like that happens it’s easy to give up. A day of eating junk can turn into a week and then a month. A few days spent without going for a walk, a run or a trip to the gym turn into weeks. Don’t let that happen. When life happens – and it will –refuse to give up on your health goals.
The key is to get back into your routine as quickly as possible. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Instead, make it a priority to jump right back in. Get back to your healthy eating habits and get your body moving as soon as possible. Even if it’s just a little exercise here and there during a super busy time, make the effort to do what you can. Every little bit helps and every small step is a step in the right direction. 15 minutes at a time can make a big difference in the long run.
It helps to be prepared for potential pitfalls. For example, if you know things will get super busy at work and you won’t have time to head out for a healthy lunch or to go on your daily walk, make some plans the day before. Pack your lunch just in case you end up working through your lunch hour. At the very least you’ll still have a healthy meal.
Do little things to help you keep on track. Things like walking around during phone calls, a 15 minute mini- workout or a walk before work. Try doing some simple stretches before bed. Little things like this will add up and help you relieve some of the stress you’re under.
Keep some healthy snacks and plenty of water with you so you can make smart choices when hunger strikes. If time is precious and you just don’t have the extra hour or two to head to the gym or go for a walk, do little mini workouts throughout your day. Do some stretches, a few push-ups or walk over to a colleague’s desk instead of calling him.
Remember, every little bit counts and each step you take to a healthier you is a step in the right direction.