So you haven't been very good lately, too much food, too little exercise. It seems like despite your best intentions, you've fallen off the better health wagon again. Just remember the Japanese Proverb - "Fall seven times and get up eight." Guilt can be debilitating to your healthy habits. When you mess up, it is natural to feel guilty. At that point you have a choice - let that guilt plummet you into a cycle that could make things worse than before or to accept the step back and say "where do I go from here?"
- Rededicate yourself to your exercise routine
- Meet with an exercise physiologist to develop a success plan
- Consistency is something we strive for - but it doesn't just happen. You need to plan and have a positive attitude to make it happen.
- Return to the basics - are you making the exercise too complicated? - back to the success plan
- Plan ahead for irregularities in your schedule. Pack your gym bag and leave it by the door or in the car
- Stay aware of what you are doing - log your workouts
- Remind yourself and reward yourself for success - everyone needs a boost
- Remember there is a difference between a lapse and a collapse. You can take a day off - not a month. Return to exercise as soon as you can after a diversion.