Fitness setbacks… they happen to everyone at one time or another. Everyone has great intentions when they get into a new fitness regimen. You’ve got a goal – maybe it’s to lose weight, shape up or just improve your health – and you’ve got the motivation. The problem is that life doesn’t always make it easy to achieve what you set out to and any number of setbacks could get in your way at any time. How can you overcome your fitness setbacks?
Getting back on track with fitness goals means rekindling some motivation and sometimes struggling for a while to regain the old momentum. You have to regain some physical fitness to get the pace of your workouts back up there. Then there’s the mental toughness a solid fitness routine requires, particularly if you’ve been out of action for a while and may need to get a habit back in place.
HOW TO OVERCOME FITNESS SETBACKS
Physical or emotional health problems are two of the most common ways people struggle to achieve their fitness goals. Just getting a cold can enough. The first few days of being off your feet are obviously days you simply can’t get to the gym or out onto the road. But then the weeks after can also be a struggle if the snot and sniffles hang around. And sickness often spreads through a family so you might have more responsibilities for a while during flu season.
Injuries, work commitments, family celebrations and holidays can also be potential distractions from a good fitness or diet routine. Everyone struggles to keep up the motivation to diet and exercise over the summer holidays and if you’ve been travelling – staying in hotels and eating out regularly – forget it. If you’ve been injured take extra care and get the advice of a medical practitioner.
KEY COMPONENTS OF RECOVERY
One of the key ingredients to getting any kind of new project started, or rejuvenating an old routine, is energy. Energy is the fire that can make it happen. Unfortunately, energy might be something you’re missing if your fitness is off-kilter. One of the best ways to give your energy levels a kick-start is to revisit your goals and visualize the reward you’ll get from achieving them.
Another important element of getting back into a good fitness routine is patience. When you first started exercising or dieting you would have taken time to get up-to-speed on the treadmill, lift heavy weights, or lose regular poundage. Be prepared to go there again – back to the waiting game. Give yourself a month of no-stress results, that is, don’t worry so much about how fast you’re running, how much you’re lifting or how much weight you’re shedding.
Remind yourself that for a while it’s not going to be easy, so aim to simply keep to a routine every day. Bigger gains will start coming back in time. Being patient and taking it slow is particularly important if you’re recovering from injury or illness.
In the long run, consistency is one of THE most important aspects of a successful fitness routine, so even if you’re not smashing it in the gym on your first day, week, or month back, remind yourself that you’re going to have one of those ‘magic’ training sessions before long. Remember that as you get back on your feet you’ve got a lot more great workouts to look forward to in the months and years ahead.
Remind yourself that setbacks are a normal part of life and as much as you hope to smooth them out as much as possible, they can’t be eliminated. Concentrate on a future where you just keep at it, even through the ups and downs.
Finally, when you do get back into it – when you’ve managed your first full week back in routine, or your first gain since recovery – praise yourself for your efforts. No fitness routine is easy. Even if you used to do more than you’re doing now, you’re still doing more than nothing and you’ve on your way to where you want to be. Congratulate yourself on the journey and encourage yourself to keep up the good work.
With a little energy, patience, consistency and self-esteem even the biggest fitness setbacks can be overcome. No matter if you’ve suffered an injury or health problem, you’ve just come back from a long holiday or you’ve been travelling for work, your future remains what you make of it. Never give up on your fitness goals regardless of what fitness setbacks you experience.