I’d love to tell you that every day I wake up wanting to workout intensely and eat well.
But I don’t.
I don’t think anyone does. (And if you do, consider yourself lucky!)
It can be hard coming back from an injury or a vacation to get back into the groove. Shoot…it can even just be hard to motivate yourself because you woke up on the wrong side of the bed!
There is a way though that we can get ourselves to do and eat the right things even when we are totally unmotivated – we can take BABY STEPS.
It doesn’t have to be all or nothing!
Sometimes we can go right back to the workout intensity that we were at before we went on vacation or took some time off.
But sometimes the idea of an intense workout can prevent us from starting up our workout program again. Sometimes we take an extra week off or stop working out all together because we feel unmotivated to work out at the same intensity we were before.
So what do you do to get yourself back on track?
DON’T FORCE YOURSELF TO WORKOUT AT THE SAME INTENSITY!
TAKE BABY STEPS!
So you get back from vacation and know you should workout the next day. You don’t have to go right back into your lifting and circuit routine.
Start out with just 10 sprints. Or just do half of what you usually do.
Anything is better than nothing. AND once you get through that first workout, you will reawaken the desire you had before you took time off.
The same goes for if you’ve had a long day and don’t feel like hitting the gym before going home.
Do something short. Something is better than nothing and it will still keep you on track!
Not every workout has to be the toughest thing you’ve ever done. Short and relaxed workouts can be a great way to get back into something or to keep yourself on track if you are feeling unmotivated.
You can do the same thing with diet that you do with exercise. Sometimes you can just go cold turkey and stop eating all of the crap food you’ve been consuming.
Other times you need to ween yourself off all of the wonderful foods you’ve indulged in.
If clients have a hard time changing their diet, I’ll tell them to give up one thing at a time. Big changes can occur when someone simply gives up soda if they drink it each day.
Making small changes is great. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing!
That is really what it comes down to. You can take baby steps and reach your goal. You don’t have to be “perfect” all of the time.
It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.