Think about your own experience with getting and staying healthy. If you’re like many people, you have an all-or-nothing mentality. You’re either training consistently or you’re not. Eating well, or “taking a break.” In couch mode or in gym mode. It’s not unusual to fluctuate between being very disciplined to fitness and nutrition, and letting the occasional indulgence slip into a lot more, all while promising yourself you’ll get back on track come Monday.
It doesn’t have to be that way. And while missing the occasional workout or enjoying an indulgent meal now and then aren’t behaviors to be corrected, you can take steps to avoid the all or nothing approach that’s doing us no favors.
This is especially true when you’re starting to work out, or starting over. Don’t leap in too far, committing to six hour-long workouts a day. When you bite off more than you can chew right out of the gate, it’s a slippery slope to throwing in the towel far too early.
Take Pride in Small Successes
Deciding that you’re ready to make positive changes is a step in the right direction. It’s a recognition that your health matters, and that’s no small realization. Instead of critiquing yourself and focusing on how far you have to go to meet your goals, work to change your mindset. Exercise and eating well shouldn’t be viewed as punishment – do these things because you deserve to be healthy and strong. It’s a small thing, but it can go an amazing distance.
Lose the All or Nothing Approach
Don’t have time for a full workout? If you’ve skipped the gym altogether because you’re short on time, here’s a better idea. Remember that something is always better than nothing. Do what you can, and be proud of your effort.
When you’re trying to establish sustainable fitness and nutrition habits, a personal trainer can be very helpful. Not only can the right trainer create a personalized workout plan just for you, they can also you make time to work out and accommodate your schedule.
If you’re ready for a more balanced approach to fitness, the trainer at Framework Personal Training in Reno are ready to help. Contact us today.