I occasionally hear from clients that they need to pause their fitness and nutrition programs. Maybe they’re in the midst of a busy time at work. Maybe they’re consumed with renovating their home. Maybe they’re going on vacation. Or perhaps, they’re overwhelmed with planning a party or family event.
There’s a problem with this approach.
The pause button is ruining your fitness and, in turn, impacts your health and the quality of your life.
You see, the obligations never stop.
Schedules never settle down.
By taking a break when things get rough or busy, the only skill you’re building is the skill of stopping. In our program at Be Fit South Shore, we coach our clients to build foundational habits for both nutrition and fitness so that no matter the craziness of your day-to-day, you have a health-focused safety net.
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In my experience, it’s much better to learn and develop the skills needed to continue making SOME progress during busy, stressful times … instead of stopping altogether and starting over again in a few weeks … months … or never. So here are a few critical skills to ensure your health remains a top priority.
Time Management: Plan your next day, including all non-negotiable standing appointments, the night before. A written calendar or planner is best.
Forget Perfection: If you look at every episode of not making it to the gym or failing to prepare healthy food as a failure, that will reinforce negative beliefs in your mind … and your mind is extremely powerful. It’ll allow you to sabotage your progress if you let it. Instead, celebrate your victories, no matter how small.
A Little Is Better Than Nothing: Every meal or snack could be a little bit better. Strive for perfection, and you’re doomed to failure. If you can’t make it to the gym for a workout, take 15-20 minutes and get some movement at home (click here to grab my latest quick workout guide).
You’ll be amazed at what a difference these small victories make over time. Perfection should never be the goal in pursuing our health and fitness goals. Being a little bit better — and doing it consistently — is enough.