Have you been bombarded with emails or notifications to sign up for challenges to start the year off right? Or you have signed up for a few different ones and not sure where to start. This creates a lot of mental “noise”, being bombarded with so much all at once.
A tip to help sort this out, choose the one that resonates with you the most and commit to finishing that challenge. Save the rest and revisit those at a later date.
This year and the ones to come just show up for yourself consistently.
To do lists , so much to do so little time. How to get it all done without feeling overwhelmed? I don’t know about you but at one time I had sticky notes and to do lists everywhere. I have even used napkins and envelopes to jot down my thoughts/ ideas. There has to be a better a way, an easier way.
I decided to buy a notebook, I gathered all my lists, wrote out all my “to dos ” down in the notebook and tackled them. However, I still felt overwhelmed. Then I heard about a technique called the Pomodoro Technique.
Basically, you set a timer for 25 minutes and tackle an item on your list, once the timer goes off you take a short break and repeat. I get antsy or fidgety if I sit for too long, but by using the timer and knowing I have a short time to finish task, I am able to stay focused and and actually cross items off my list. I have to say that is a wonderful feeling. Ahhh the feeling of accomplishment.
I always plan or write out my workouts for the week on a Sunday night. I have been doing this for many years now. This has kept me committed, accountable and focused. However, every once in a while I lack that the motivation to workout.
I am sharing this to let you know that yep we ( trainers) have those days as well. I completely understand the ” lack of motivation” or “the just not feeling it today” mood. I get it! I also know, that sometimes just pushing yourself a little (with in reason, obviously if you are sick then rest) and by committing to exercising for ten or thirty minutes that day your mind and body will thank you and, you will feel so much better.
These shorter sessions can be as simple as going for a walk or dancing in your living room. They don’t have to be anything fancy, the key is to move. Remember movement heals.
Let me know in the comments some of your tips to get your workout in when its “one of those days”.
Here is the scenario, you just started working out and eating right and enjoying your new fitness lifestyle or you have been working out and focused on healthy living for years and then BAM, you get injured either at the gym or you can just as easily get hurt running errands. Total bummer I know. So what do you do? Immediately, you turn to Dr. Google and start plugging in and describing your injury. Who knows the answers you will get.
I have been injured so I completely understand. I am sharing a few steps that I have taken that has helped me deal with and recover from an injury.
I use KT Tape to stabilize and support the injured area.
We all get sidetracked from our health and fitness goals from time to time, because life just happens. As a fitness professional, I have been there and completely understand. But instead of beating myself up over it, I have chosen to get back on track.
Here are a few tips that has helped me to refocus:
Figuring out what caused me to drift away from my wellness plan. Was it vacation, injury, sickness or lack of planning.
Planning my workouts for the week.
Just start. It does not have to be a super hard work out, it can be as simple as going for a walk outside.
Implementing good habits daily, and this often starts with a healthy and fulfilling morning routine. Having a morning ritual sets you up for the day.
Reading and researching topics on health and fitness.
Having positive thoughts and remembering this is self-care.
Never give up.
What has helped you to bounce back and get back on track? Share in the comments below.