Life has this sneaky way of creeping in and throwing curve balls left and right. Life will always occur. There will always be a hectic day at work or family problems or dating highs and lows or sick children. Once conflict arises, it looks like health and exercise routines go haywire. We seek comfort food or we simply don’t feel like going. These are the things which help us stay balanced and clear in both body and mind though! So what do we do if battle smacks us in the face (and it happens to everybody so if you’re reading this – you’re not alone)? Avoiding the conflict is not reasonable because we can’t always control what comes at us. Figurine out how to navigate through any problems is what needs to occur to remain on track.
For example, you might think that your day is ruined because you veered from your daily diet with an unhealthy meal or snack. Or, you chose not to workout today because you couldn’t do the allotted 60 minutes that you had planned for. Instead of doing something, you may have chosen nothing in any respect. Do any of those sound familiar? It doesn’t have to be all or nothing and something is much better than nothing. My tips below might give you some perspective on the best way best to achieve your health and fitness goals even when life throws you a curve ball.
My philosophy is nourish, motion, mindset. If we are able to work on nourishing our bodies, moving them mindfully and maintaining a healthy attitude, we can function somewhat better day by day, week by week, month by month and eventually get into the healthy habits on a regular basis that we need to achieve total body balance.
Focus on one little thing at a time. Small changes implemented day after day, week after week and so on can lead to really big change. So pick one small nutrition action and exercise it for one or two weeks prior to adding in a new shift.
Examples: Work on portion control (without regard to food grade ), include one colorful food in at each meal, take 15 minutes to meal prep tomorrow’s wholesome food or omit your sugary after dinner snack (swap it out with a healthy choice ). You could eat slowly and chew your food completely or concentrate on balancing your meals so you have protein, carbohydrate and fat at every meal. Omitting processed foods at one to two meals per day is also another terrific option. These are just some examples but it’s your responsibility to figure out which little step you can take to boost your nutrition.
Take advantage of the time that you DO have. Carve out space in the small pockets of the time. We get fixated on time so often that we do not realize that a little is always better than nothing. By way of example, it’s really easy to think that you have to do a workout for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Wouldn’t 15 minutes of this workout be better than nothing though? The answer is yes! So squeeze into what you can, when you can.
Get unconventional. Maybe you don’t have time to get in a”workout”. Do what you can with what you have got. Maybe you take the stairs that day rather than the elevator. Park in the parking area furthest away from the construction (gasp!) To get some extra steps in. Stand up from your desk and walk around for a minute every 15 or 20 minutes. Run around at the playground with your kids. Movement doesn’t always have to be in the form of a straight up 30 minute HIIT workout. It can be moving and active – outside or inside. What are the ways that you could get in some more motion?
Move mindfully. Pay close attention to your body and what it’s trying to tell you. Your body and energy levels will fluctuate daily so take advantage of more vigorous workouts when you can and also add in active recovery, lighter workouts or even yoga or stretching when necessary.
Don’t give up. Do not throw in the towel on eating right and moving your body. It’s seems simple to take the”all or nothing” approach but that’s not necessary. Life ebbs and flows for everyone. Take a look at where you’re at right now and what you can make work at the moment.
The main thing is to honor where you are at. Only you know what you’re capable of at this stage in your life. Make sure that the small actions you take are 100% doable for you and your lifestyle. Little steps over time can add up to big change.