When you decide to make a big life change like living healthier, you�re bound to encounter setbacks in your journey. The best thing you can do to get through them is just to move on, and don�t let them discourage you. Remember that slip-ups happen to everyone, even the healthiest fitness gurus! And what separates them from the pack isn�t necessarily just willpower, it�s the ability to move past a mistake and jump quickly back into their healthy habits.
You don�t need superhuman self-control–you need a good game plan with the right set of strategies.�Here are some tips for dealing with setbacks when they occur.
Pick a specific time during your day and make it your workout time. Move things around if necessary–working out should have its own slot in your day. That way it�s just part of your day, not something you squeeze in somewhere when you have half an hour to spare.
Or if you have an irregular day-to-day schedule that makes a set time difficult, another option is to tie the habits you want to develop into your current routine. By doing so, you�ll develop a sort of trigger behavior that will remind you that your new habit comes next.
Whether it�s a workout buddy or just someone to report to, get someone who can expect something of you. You don�t have to be on a team for this to work–just make friends at the gym. When you have someone expecting you to show up, that can be enough to motivate you to go.
It�s not missing a workout here and there that�s the problem, it�s the cumulative effect of falling out of the habit. It�s important to keep to your schedule, even if it�s just in little ways. If you don�t have the time to do a full workout, just do ten squats, a few crunches, or wall sits during gaps in your day. If you can�t do a complete yoga routine, take five minutes to just meditate and breathe.
The most important thing is the direction you are headed�keep your trajectory aimed at your goals and you will get there.
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