With restrictions easing in most parts of the country, it is time for us to get back to a little more normality. That includes our health and fitness regime. However, that can be easier said than done. Coming off a hiatus can be a challenge. We can get comfortable being comfortable. That urge and desire to get into the gym and put yourself through your paces may have just faded a little, when only a matter of weeks ago you were unstoppable!
So how can we come out the other side of this pandemic motivated and ready to continue to pursue our health goals?
Revisit your goal
Tune in to the “why” behind your goal (what inspired you or what success looks like to you). Don’t be afraid to spend some time journaling and really thinking about what you want to gain by losing weight or getting stronger and fitter etc. Get excited about it!
Keep short-term goals in sight too
Sometimes, having a goal that seems far away can be daunting and overwhelming. Instead, break a goal into smaller, short-term goals. For example, instead of thinking of a 10kg weight loss goal, think of it being a consistent 500g loss each week. Focus on what’s going to ensure you reach that 500g target.
Make dates with the scale
Now, the scale isn’t everything-but it could help keep you (or get you back) on track. In a study of 3,026 adults, those who weighed themselves more frequently lost more weight over two years and also regained less weight.
Track other things besides your weight too
Making lifestyle changes impacts your mental and emotional health as well. Take note of how much more confident you’re feeling or if you’ve noticed any changes in your anxiety level after working out. Have you noticed changes in your sleep and energy? These are things you can use to your advantage and help motivate you.
Exercise your discipline
Create routines and you’ll develop the discipline to stick with them. If you can, plan a regular day and time you work out so that, once that time comes, you’re on automatic pilot. You can also create a ritual around your exercise sessions—a prompt that helps you get into workout mode.
Routines are helpful, but not if they’re overly rigid. Part of being able to stick to them is allowing some leeway. You may plan on jogging five kilometres four times a week, but there will come a day when you’re too tired or you don’t have time.
Find an ‘accountability buddy’
Scheduling regular workouts with a buddy or group can make all the difference. You’re less likely to hit snooze or head home for the night if you know you’re leaving your workout partner in the lurch. It can also get you excited about your fitness journey again!
So don’t let this crazy time get the better of you. Using some, or all of these tips will ensure you give yourself the best possible chance of ‘firing on all cylinders’ and continue kicking health and fitness goals post COVID!