Maybe you started the summer with great enthusiasm for healthy eating and exercise. You had early morning dates with Shaun T and were feeling great. OK, a little sore, but happy with your progress.
Then one morning you rolled over at the sound of the alarm and hit the snooze button. And boy, did that feel good. Shaun T could wait 20 minutes. Or maybe until tomorrow. And soon enough, one morning turned into two mornings then three and before you knew it, more than a week had passed since you got in a morning workout.
You have fallen off the wagon.
Don’t feel bad. It happens to all of us. The Beachbody Blog recently shared 5 tips to stop falling off the health and fitness wagon:
- Focus on the big picture. Where does health and fitness fit into your life as a whole? Sometimes priorities shift, even temporarily. That doesn’t mean you have to abandon ship altogether.
- Be a mental endurance athlete. Keep your head in the game for the long haul. The longer you work at something, the more likely that you’ll stick with it.
- Be realistic about human nature. It’s natural to want to quit sometimes. And it’s ok to get off track, if you plan to do it. If you don’t want to pass up Grandma’s famous chocolate cake at the family reunion, go ahead and eat it. Just plan for how you will get back to your healthy routine.
- Celebrate your successes. Positive reinforcement goes a long way, so don’t hesitate to give yourself some. Whether it’s positive self-talk or a mani-pedi reward, keep your momentum going by celebrating your successes.
- Develop a strong support system. Who’s got your back? Who will hold you accountable and keep things real? It might be a family member, a neighbor, or even your BeachBody coach. Make it a partnership. You help them and let them help you.
Here's the deal -- even if you've fallen off the wagon, the wagon is still waiting there for you. It's up to you to get up and go. One choice. It starts with just one choice.