Sometimes what you’re doing either with working out or nutrition just isn’t working. When one strategy doesn’t work, you’ve got to try another and keep changing fitness strategies until you find the one that DOES work. While this sounds simple enough, it can often be frustrating and bring you to the point where you feel like quitting and throwing in the towel.
But when it comes to physical activity and eating well, you really can’t throw in the towel because let’s face it, you must get some exercise, and proper nutrition is not something you can compromise.
Let me tell you what got me thinking about all this.
I have a client who recently gave birth to her first child.
For years she had done her workouts at home. She used her garage and set up a treadmill for her cardio and some weights for strength training. She found music that kept her moving and energized. She was a happy and healthy camper.
But like I said, that was before the birth of her daughter.
Now she was finding it very challenging to start, and even when she got started very few scheduled workouts got finished. She remained committed but the conditions had changed, and therefore she needed to be thinking about changing fitness strategies.
At this point, joining a gym made sense so she could utilize their baby sitting services. This would give her the time and space she needed to get back her discipline and DO the workouts.
Here are two key points to consider if and when your current health and fitness strategies are just not working and changing fitness strategies is a must:
1. For all of us, there are certain times of the day that work better than others for establishing consistent exercise routines. So, if you’ve tried and tried to exercise at certain times of the day and it just doesn’t seem to be happening, try something
different! Switch to a morning workout instead of an evening workout. Be creative, but stick with the changes long enough to see if they are really working or not. One scenario WILL work best for you.
2. However you set up your program, whether it’s a class or from a book or personal trainer, choose one and commit to it for a minimum of 6-8 weeks. Let’s say that again. Whatever you choose, choose and COMMIT! Block out the time, put it on your calendar, do whatever it takes to actually complete the scheduled routines.
These two points will help you move away from what frustrates so many people when it comes to working out:inconsistency and lack of results. Without consistency there can be no results.
So, assess what’s working and keep doing that.
Then assess what’s not working and do something else. Make sure these two key points are in place and go from there!
If you feel stuck and need additional support to adopt a new healthy habit or routine, consider working with me. We can partner up in setting goals, drawing on your skills and strengths, and implementing strategies to help you find your way to lasting healthy success.
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For over 15 years, Shelli has been a freelance writer and wellness habit coach on Joyinmovement. She writes about brain fitness, creating a healthy lifestyle, traveling the world, and making positive habits stick. Stop procrastinating! Take action, join her free newsletter.