Rebound from fitness setbacks in Northern California
Are you the one with good intentions and an on-again, off-again fitness routine? Have you changed jobs and lost your workout mojo? Having trouble reaching your goal?
Welcome to The Backsliders Club. Don’t worry, you’re in good company. Even dedicated athletes have bad days — or even bad weeks. And, like them, you can come back stronger.
A setback is an opportunity
Having a setback doesn’t mean you’ve failed, so don’t get discouraged. It’s a sign that you might have to rethink your fitness plan, schedule, goals, or motivation a bit.
In fact, a setback can help inspire you to explore new activities, make new friends, and adjust a hectic schedule. It may take some trial and error, patience, and a sense of humor.
Life is too short not to have fun — and exercise should be fun. If you’re bored with what you’re doing, try something new.
If you can’t do your usual exercise, you can still enjoy yourself and get moving. Indulge in a relaxing few minutes of stretching. Walk to the corner store. Climb a hill and enjoy the sunset.
Think you’re a bad person for skipping your workout? Have you gotten mad at yourself for dropping a ball or not running fast enough?
A little competitiveness is healthy; a lot isn’t. Even if you enjoy competition, pressuring yourself can keep you from getting the full benefit of exercise. What should you do?
- Focus on what you’re doing, not on the outcome.
- Learn to encourage yourself with positive self-talk.
- Remind yourself why you work out.
- Remember the other benefits, like enjoying a lovely view, window shopping, and spending time with friends and family.
Reach out to others. Sometimes working out with others can help keep things in perspective. If you’re stuck in a rut, consider getting a health coach to help you get going again.
Sometimes linking exercise with something else you like can help get you moving.
- Want to support a charity? Sign up to walk a 5k.
- Like to hike? Plan a trip to a national park to enjoy your new hill-climbing skills.
- Need incentives? Promise yourself new plants for your garden, sports tickets, or a spa day.
Track your progress
You might be content knowing you’re getting fitter, but when the going gets tough, sometimes it helps to know how far you’ve come — and plan where you’d like to go next.
Explore your feelings
That little voice in your head that tells you not to work out is probably telling you what’s not working about your fitness routine. But there are things you can do to fix the problems.
|That little voice||Try this|
|I’m too out of shape.||
|I don’t have time.||
|I’m too tired.||
|Exercise hurts.I’ll hurt myself.||
|I feel guilty taking time for myself.||
|The weather’s bad.||
*This article was originally published on kp.org. You can read the original version here.