Setbacks are an expected part of a fitness journey. However, you don’t have to view them as moments of failure or loss. Instead, use your trials to refocus on your goals and build “comeback character.” Try these childlike approaches to rebound from what derailed you.
Buy a New Toy
When I was a kid, a new toy added excitement to my life — it was as if a new world opened to me. The same can happen for you, as an adult. Pick up a new piece of exercise equipment to stir your fit gusto. My favorite fit playthings include Kettlebells and Bodylastics tubing.
Speak the Truth
One of my favorite stories as a child was, The Little Engine That Could, by George Hauman. Repeating the mantra, “I think I can — I think I can — I think I can,” pushed the train up the hill. Come up with your own encouraging mantra and recite it daily. The words you speak have a profound impact on how you think and act. If you want to jump back on track, speak it into existence.
Take Time Off
When kids need to take a break, they take it — even if they’re in the middle of a task. Adults should take the hint. How can you expect to exercise, eat healthy and complete everything else on your to-do list without error daily? Doing too much could set you up for pitfalls. Take a breather, or better yet, take a nap. Sleep helps balance hormones that contribute to weight-loss and athletic performance. Rest is your fitness ally — get some!
Andrea Metcalf has been teaching fitness and nutrition and training clients since 1983. She is the author of the book Naked Fitness and has produced a number of fitness DVDs. You can follow her on Twitter at @Andreametcalf.