Everyone makes mistakes. No matter how focused and determined you are to make your fitness goals a reality, life will inevitably get in the way at some point, frustrating your efforts and testing your resolve. How you react to, and view those little setbacks, will determine the overall effect they will have on your outcomes, and how fast you reach your fitness goals.
No one knows what the future might bring, but we do have tools available to us to at least minimize the surprise factor associated with life’s little tests. Take a look at your calendar for the next few months, and take note of which days or weeks might pose a threat to your workout regimen. Spring break, for example, will likely be harder if young kids are out of school and hanging around the house demanding your time and attention. Know ahead of time that these days might not be as productive as others, and train extra hard on the days surrounding them.
Showing up is half the battle. Even if you aren’t feeling 100%, or worry that you don’t have enough time for a proper workout, hit the gym anyway. It won’t be a workout at all if you don’t at least show up. Even 10 minutes at the gym, working on yourself and your goals, will do wonders for your self-esteem, and your faith in your ability to follow through.
Think Baby Steps
Rome, as they say, wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a smokin’ hot body. Consistent effort over a period of time will yield amazing results, but it does require patience. Make small goals for yourself, and celebrate when you stick to your plan. For example, focus on getting to the gym a certain number of days this week, no matter how long you stay, or what you do there. If you can pull that off, give yourself a pat on the back. Next time make that goal a little bigger, but you have to start somewhere.
Everyone has bad days, and mistakes are inevitable in any venture. When trouble does arise, reflect on where your plan went awry, and make a mental list of ways to avoid running into those same obstacles in the future. Above all, don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember that you’re only human, and focus on the opportunity to make tomorrow a better day.