Jackie Wright: Don’t Throw The Baby Out With The Bath Water
April 15, 2011
Life happens. And, life can play havoc with our exercise adherence, creating lapses in consistent participation that may prevent us from experiencing the dozens of benefits we receive from regular participation in an exercise program.
However, when life happens – and it will, you can bank on that – “don’t throw the baby out with the bath water” or “throw in the towel” on your exercise program. Every step you take toward integrating exercise into your life is important.
Therefore, before life happens, again, consider the following steps described below so that you will know how to get back on track again. As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.
• Step One – Have a Plan A, B, C, D and more variations if necessary, so that when you do have a crisis or simply a change in plans, you will know exactly what step to take next. For example, if you know that the week coming up is going to be really hectic, look at the plan for the week and determine when and where you need to make changes
If you regularly workout Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. and you have meetings at work at those times each day, see if you can reschedule your workouts for earlier or later on those days, or on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday instead. Additionally, when we or a loved one become ill or injured, adequate recovery is important. However, once recovery has occurred, get back on track as soon as possible.
• Step Two – This is where “don’t throw the baby out with the bath water” comes in to play. Just because you lapse now and then, avoid giving up completely – don’t beat yourself up about it because it happens to everyone sooner or later. Whatever progress you have made, is important progress. It took time to get yourself to the point of even considering integrating an exercise program into your life, so give yourself credit for each and every step that you take toward that end. Honor the work you have done thus far, and continue taking action, moving forward.
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• Step Three – Just because you have friends or family that seem to have their exercise program and process down to a science, do not assume that is the case. These individuals have simply devised variations of their original plan (i.e. Step One) and consistently carry out the variations. They are not that different from you, they have simply recognized the challenges that life presents, accepted those challenges and have moved forward-you can too.
• Step Four – Talk with your trainer, friends/family that exercise regularly and ask for their support and guidance to help you create improved exercise adherence. The people that genuinely care about your well being will be there for you, encourage you and will recognize the important steps that you have taken toward exercise adherence. Surround yourself with those people who care about you and who have a passion for staying fit and healthy. Their passion will eventually rub off on you and then you will be able to help another struggling exerciser when life throws them a curve ball!
– Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC located in Grand Lake, Colorado. She can be reached at her website at http://www.neversummerfitness.com, her email at NFSLG@comcast.net, her blog at http://www.skyhidailynews.com and her Facebook at Never Summer Fitness.