Life has this tricky way of creeping and throwing crooked balls left and right. Life will always happen. There will always be a busy day at work or the height and fall of family problems or relationships or sick children. Whenever there is a conflict, health and fitness seem to be becoming commonplace. We are looking for comfort food or just don’t feel moving. Still, these are the things that help to keep your body and mind clear and balanced! So what do we do when conflict gets in the way (and it happens to everyone, so if you’re reading this – you’re not alone)? Avoiding conflict is not justified because we cannot always control what gets in the way. Imagine navigating through whatever you need to do to stay on track.
I think so many times we approach health and fitness goals with an all-or-nothing concept. For example, you may think your day is ruined because you have given up your diet to unhealthy food or snacks. Or you decided not to go to workout today because you couldn’t do all the 60 minutes you had scheduled. Instead of doing something, you might have chosen nothing at all. On the second day of the 30 days of eating, you gave up. Are any of those familiar? It does not have to be all or nothing and something is better than nothing. My tips below can give you some perspective on how to achieve your health and fitness goals, even when life throws you a crooked ball.
My philosophy is feeding, moving, mindset. If we can work on nourishing our bodies, exercising smartly, and maintaining a healthy mindset, we can function a little better day in, day out, week after week, month after month, and eventually establish the regular healthy habits we need. to achieve overall body balance.
Focus on one little thing at a time. Get started easily and work from there. Don’t expect to change your eating habits overnight. Small changes that happen day in, day out, week after week and the like can make really big changes. So, before starting a new change, choose one small dietary exercise and practice it for one to two weeks.
Examples: Manage your portions (regardless of the quality of your food), add one colorful meal to each dish, eat a healthy morning meal for 15 minutes, or skip a candy after dinner snack (replace it with a healthy alternative). You could eat slowly and completely chew your food, or focus on balancing your diet so that every meal contains protein, carbs, and fat. Having a processed meal once or twice a day is also a great choice. These are just a few examples, but you need to decide what small step you can take to improve your diet.
Take your time. Make room for the small pockets of your time. We get on time so often that we don’t even realize that small is always better than nothing. For example, it is so easy to think you have to do a workout between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Wouldn’t 15 minutes of that workout be better than nothing? The answer is yes! So squeeze what you can when you can.
Become unconventional. You may not have time to get into a “workout”. Do what you can, what you got. Maybe you go up the stairs that day instead. Stand in the parking lot away from the building (sit back!) For a few extra steps. Get off your desk and walk every 15 or 20 minutes every minute. Run around the playground with your kids. Movement doesn’t always have to be in the form of a 30 minute HIIT workout. It can be moving and active – outside or inside. In what ways could you gain more movement?
Move wisely. Watch your body closely and what it is trying to tell you. Your body and energy levels fluctuate every day, so take advantage of more vigorous workouts whenever you can, and add active recovery, lighter workouts or even yoga or stretching as needed.
Don’t give up. Do not throw the towel while eating correctly and moving your body. It seems easy to choose an all-or-nothing approach, but it’s not necessary. Something is always better than nothing. Don’t beat yourself up! Life moves and spreads to everyone. Take a look at where you are now and what you can do now.
The key is to honor where you are. Only you know what you are capable of at this point in your life. Make sure the small steps you take are 100% appropriate for you and your lifestyle. Small steps can make big changes over time.