Fitness Regime Setbacks: How To Recover From One

Self-improvement is always a great goal. Whether you’re looking to lose a few pounds, tone up, or take on new challenges, a new diet and exercise plan can help you feel better and look great. But making a lifestyle change takes a lot of work and dedication. When you’re adjusting, it’s common to have some setbacks and slip-ups when it comes to your fitness regime. So you dropped the ball on your resolutions – so what? Failing is human, and it’s more about how you pick yourself up after that makes a difference. Here are some ways to help you get back in the saddle and prepare for success:

Tell Everyone

The last thing you’re going to feel like doing when you’ve cheated on your fitness regime is to talk about it – and it’s understandable. But you should be talking about your fitness goals, as often as you can, to as many people as you dare. Your family, friends, and co-workers will be able to keep you motivated when nothing else does. When you fall off the wagon, they’ll be there to hold you accountable and remind you why you’re doing this.

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Get A Fitness Buddy

Speaking of accountable, get yourself a fitness buddy to help when you’ve gone off-track. When your journey starts to seem long, or you’ve hit a plateau in your gym regimen, recruiting a friend can help you put some motivation back into your fitness goals. Sometimes, it’s easier to support a friend than to focus on yourself, and recruiting a friend when times get tough means that you’ll have someone with you when you’re tempted to skip the gym, or go out and eat that double cheeseburger.

Use Technology

We live in a technology-driven world, and although there’s a lot of data on the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, technology can be used to get you back on track when your diet and exercise plan fails. You can find fitness diaries online, use a Fitbit, or a macro calculator to keep you motivated and keep track of your fitness regime progress. Technology is also an excellent way to keep track of your goals, which will help you to keep your eye on the prize during tough times. Remembering why you’re doing this is the best way to remind yourself to get back on track.

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Identify Your Weak Spots

Whether you do it with the help of a nutritionist or trainer, or you go it alone, it’s important, when you fall down, to pay attention to where your weak spots are. Use a journal to note down the moments you’re feeling weakest. When do you feel the urge to cheat? Which days are too ‘bleh’ for the gym? Pay attention to the moments you’re more likely to give up, and make a plan to work around those. Use your resources to put a plan in place to push past the hard stuff. If your schedule is a bit challenging for the gym on a Monday, for example, schedule your workouts on different days, so Monday is a light day. If you’re craving ice cream to eat with your favorite show, download it to stream on your run, or at the gym. The more you know about your weaknesses, the less likely you’ll fall for them next time.

Don’t Overcompensate For Lost Time

Once you fall off the wagon for a few days or weeks, it can be tempting to overextend yourself with your fitness regime. You may feel like it could help to cut out even more carbs, make more drastic changes to your lifestyle, and a more punishing time at the gym. But the point should never be to punish yourself. Pushing yourself too hard at the gym to make up for your losses will just lead to workout fatigue, and possibly strained muscles and injury that can keep you from meeting your goals. Cutting out even more foods can drastically impact your health, and also prevent you from being able to embrace the lifestyle changes you need fully. No one can live on constantly dwindling calories, so keep in mind why you’re doing this, and what your goals are. And when you falter, recognize that you will, and you can get right back up and try again.

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Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself

That brings us to our most important point: Don’t beat yourself up. Most people slip on their diet or skip the gym every once in a while. But it’s the shame that keeps them from going back for longer, which does more damage in the long run. Some slipping up is inevitable. Even the most dedicated fitness fans can falter on a new diet. So pick yourself up, and make a note of your weak spots, but don’t beat yourself up. You’re only human.

We all want to practice a little self-improvement sometimes. But the road can be long. Some mistakes and backsliding are almost inevitable. The important thing is to know how to handle it and get back to your goals. Stay positive, stay focused, and get back to feeling great in no time!