Life has this sneaky way to creep in and throw curved balls left and right. Life will always happen. There will always be a busy day at work or family problems or ups and downs of relationship or sick children. Once the conflict arises, it seems that health and fitness routines go haywire. We look for comfort food or we just don’t want to move. These are the things that help us stay clear and balanced in both body and mind! So what do we do when the conflict hits us in the face (and it happens to everyone so if you’re reading this – you’re not alone)? Avoiding conflict is not reasonable because we cannot always control what comes to us. Imagine how to navigate through any problem is what needs to happen to stay on track.
I think we approach health and fitness goals so many times with an “all or nothing” mentality. For example, you may think that your day is ruined because you have moved away from the diet with an unhealthy meal or snack. Or, you’ve decided not to train today because you couldn’t do the 60 minutes you had planned. Instead of doing something, you may have chosen nothing. You gave up the second day of 30 days of eating clean. Does any of them sound familiar? It doesn’t have to be all or nothing and something is better than nothing. My suggestions below could give you a perspective on how to achieve your health and fitness goals even when life throws you a curve ball.
My philosophy is nourished, movement, mentality. If we can work to nourish our bodies, consciously move them and maintain a healthy attitude, we can work a little better day after day, week by week, month by month and finally get into the healthy habits we need to reach. ; total body balance.
Focus on one small thing at a time. Start simple and work from there. Don’t expect to change your eating habits overnight. Small changes made day after day, week after week and so on can lead to really important changes. Then choose a small nutritional action and practice for a week or two before adding a new modification.
Examples: working on portion control (without considering the quality of the food), adding a colored food to each meal, take 15 minutes to prepare tomorrow’s healthy food or omit the snack after dinner (replace it with a healthy alternative) . You could eat slowly and chew your food completely or concentrate on balancing your meals so you have protein, carbohydrates and fats with every meal. Even the omission of processed foods in one or two meals a day is another great option. These are just a few examples, but it is up to you to understand what small step you can take to improve your nutrition.
Take advantage of the time you have. Cut out the space in the small pockets of your time. We set ourselves on time so often that we do not realize that it is always better than nothing. For example, it’s so easy to think that you have to do a 30 minute to 1 hour workout. However, wouldn’t 15 minutes of training be better than nothing? The answer is yes! So squeeze in what you can, when you can.
Get unconventional. Maybe you don’t have time to get into a “workout”. Do what you can with what you have. Maybe you take the stairs that day instead of the elevator. Park in the parking lot farthest from the building (out of breath!) To take a few more steps. Get up from your desk and walk for a minute every 15 or 20 minutes. Run in the playground with your children. The movement should not always be in the form of a 30 minute HIIT uphill workout. It can be moving and active, outside or inside. What are the ways you could get an extra movement?
Move of mind. Pay close attention to your body and what it is trying to tell you. Your body and your energy levels will fluctuate day after day, so take advantage of more vigorous workouts when you can and also add active recovery, lighter workouts or even yoga or stretching when needed.
Do not give up. Do not throw in the towel on eating well and moving your body. It seems easy to take the “all or nothing” approach but it is not necessary. Something is always better than nothing. Don’t beat yourself up! Life flows and flows for everyone. Have a look at where you are now and what you can do at the moment.
The most important thing is to honor where you are. Only you know what you are capable of at this time in your life. Make sure that the small steps you take are 100% feasible for you and your lifestyle. Small steps in time can add big changes.