While dragging myself out for a run recently, it occurred to me that I'm not the only one dropping my fitness ball from time to time. So many of us have endured extreme events and increasingly I'm seeing an impact on our clients' motivation to train and subsequently physical and mental health. I know its all too easy to slip into bad habits, so here's a few tips of mine to help you get back in the game:
Just go: Stop procrastinating, go to the pool, stick your trainers on, get on your bike, they're the first steps which often seem the hardest, but once you've got that first session under your belt you know you'll feel better!
Everyone’s got to start somewhere: Whether you're getting into fitness after a long break or you're a seasoned athlete, we all have our own start point. Don't compare yourself to others.
Don’t be disheartened by the data: Turn off the watch and get the first few sessions in just enjoying the activity
Give yourself three sessions: It gets easier
Cut yourself some slack: We have had an international medical and financial trauma!
Pat yourself on the back: Give yourself some credit even for the baby steps
Remember everyone feels like this!!
We're mammals and cold weather makes us want to hibernate - this is normal!
Silence the negative self talk and replace with positive kind words to yourself
You’re not a machine: Life does get in the way sometimes even with the best intentions
Stop self medicating with alcohol, sugar, food or whatever your crux is, it'll only make you feel sh*t. A little doesn't hurt of course as we all need downtime and nobody's perfect, but try to get out regular habits that are bad for your body and mind.
Cut out the electronics: We are so over connected right now, use the time to be with your thoughts and regain the relaxation exercise once brought to you
Reconnect with nature - the birds the trees the sounds the smells the views, take it all in, stop in the woods, look up, listen, just be.
Don’t take your phone unless you genuinely can resist looking at it: We're addicted to our notifications, nothings so important it deserves to interrupt your you time.
Forget what have I got to do next, just enjoy what you’re doing now
Just go again: Simples!