Life will always occur. There will always be a busy day at work or family problems or relationship highs and lows or sick children. Once conflict arises, it looks like health and exercise routines go haywire. We seek comfort food or we simply don’t feel like moving. These are the things that help us stay clear and balanced in both mind and body though! So what do we do when conflict smacks us in the face (and it happens to everyone so if you’re reading this – you are not alone)? Avoiding the conflict isn’t reasonable because we can not always control what comes at us. Figurine out how to navigate through any problems is what needs to happen to stay on track.
For example, you might think that your day is ruined because you veered from your diet with an unhealthy meal or snack. Or, you decided to not workout today because you could not do the allotted 60 minutes that you had planned for. Rather than doing something, you may have chosen nothing at all. Do any of these sound familiar? It does not have to be all or nothing and nothing is much better than nothing. My tips below might give you some perspective on how best to achieve your health and fitness goals even when life throws you a curve ball.
My philosophy is nourish, movement, mindset. If we are able to work on nourishing our bodies, moving them mindfully and maintaining a healthy mindset, we can function somewhat better day by day, week by week, month by month and finally get into the nutritious habits on a regular basis that we need to achieve total body balance.
Focus on one little thing at a time. Small changes executed day after day, week after week and so on can lead to really major change. So pick one little nutrition action and exercise it for one to two weeks prior to adding in a new change.
Examples: Work on portion control (without regard to food quality), include one brilliant food in each meal, take 15 minutes to meal prep tomorrow’s healthy food or omit your sugary after dinner snack (swap it out with a healthy choice ). You can eat slowly and chew your food completely or focus on balancing your meals so you have protein, carbohydrate and fat at every meal. Omitting processed foods at one to two meals per day is also another great option. These are simply some examples but it’s up to you to figure out which little step you can take to improve your nutrition.
Make the most of the time that you DO have. Carve out space in the tiny pockets of your time. We get fixated on time so often that we don’t realize that a little is always better than nothing. By way of example, it’s so easy to think you must do a workout for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Wouldn’t 15 minutes of that workout be better than nothing though? So squeeze into what you can, when you can.
Get unconventional. Perhaps you don’t have time to get in a”workout”. Do what you can with what you’ve got. Perhaps you take the stairs that day rather than the elevator. Park in the parking area furthest away from the construction (gasp!) To get some additional steps in. Run around at the playground with your kids. Movement doesn’t always need to be in the form of a straight up 30 minute HIIT workout. It can be moving and active – out or indoors. What are the ways you might get in some more motion?
Move mindfully. Pay close attention to your body and what it is trying to tell you. Your body and energy levels will fluctuate day by day so take advantage of more vigorous workouts when you can and also add in active recovery, lighter workouts or even stretching or yoga when necessary.
Don’t quit. Don’t throw in the towel on eating right and moving your body. It’s seems simple to take the”all or nothing” strategy but that’s not crucial. Something is always better than nothing.Don’t beat yourself up! Life ebbs and flows for everyone. Have a look at where you are at right now and what you could make work at the moment.
The most important thing is to honor where you are at. Only you know what you’re capable of at this stage in your life. Make sure that the small actions you take are 100% doable for you and your lifestyle.