2020 has been full of surprises, and many life changes for most people. Your healthy lifestyle or fitness routine probably looked a lot different pre COVID. I know mine did. I enjoyed group workouts, spin and pilates classes, gym sessions and recovery tools such as massage and sauna sessions. When lockdown hit, I had to build new habits, routines and find creative ways to reach my goals. This included outdoor workouts, walks, runs, hikes and virtual group training. Once I got into the groove, fires happened and poor air quality forced me yet again to restructure my routine. Moral of the story; life changes happen, Whether it’s out of your control, a major life event like having a baby (me) or changing jobs, you have to remain flexible and reset your goals and routines. Never neglect a healthy lifestyle. Below are some tips to help you restart when the inevitable happens!
Set measurable but realistic healthy goals.
Do not set yourself up for failure. In a perfect world you may want to workout 5-6 days a week, food prep and loose X amount of pounds, but does your schedule allow those things to happen? Probably not. Adapt your activity to your changing circumstances. For example, are you working full time or at home with your kids? Instead shoot for 3-4 days a week of activity and eating out only once a week. Anything else is an added bonus.
Be flexible and forgiving
It may take you awhile to find what works in this new life of yours. You may have to regroup along the way. Don’t stress if somethings not working, reevaluate and readjust.
Take action, every day
Make at least one right decision or movement towards your goals daily. Sometimes this means hitting all your goals, but sometimes this may mean just committing to your water intake for the day. Any healthy choice should be celebrated, even if you have fallen off track elsewhere.
Play the long game.
Start with sort term goals, but understand your long term ones. Instant gratification and overnight results are not realistic. Don’t get caught up or discouraged if you aren’t getting the results right away. See your goals as the gateway to a lifestyle change. The progress you make after continuous hard work and dedication will stick as long as you’re patient.
Consider an accountability coach/professional/support system.
You are guaranteed to be more successful if you have someone cheering you on. It’s also a lot more fun to workout with a friend! Friends/partners/coaches keep you accountable and motivated.
I am currently adopting all these tips in order to structure a post partum program. I was just cleared to workout again, but will need to start slow. I am going to start with intentional breathing, mobility, bodyweight exercise and walking. As the weeks progress, I will set new goals, new intentions and transition according to how my body is feeling and responding. How have you adapted to the changes of 2020? We are here for you if you need the extra support!!