So you have just gotten back from a trip out of town. The kids are starting to go back to school and the workload at your job is about to increase rapidly. How can you make sure your fitness does not get left behind?
Starting a new fitness routine or getting back into one may seem daunting as summer vacation winds down, but it is very achievable. Acknowledging what got you here, becoming aware of your health/nutrition, and controlling your plan are the keys to getting back on track.
Acknowledge the Past
Taking a look at what you have done in the past will result in mixed feelings. Perhaps before the summer, you worked diligently to lose weight and then went on vacation with loved ones. Of course, that means that nutrition and exercise are not as much of a priority. On the other hand, maybe you were looking to start a new healthy lifestyle but a busy summer did not leave any time for that. As a result of both instances, you have fallen out of shape a good amount. Where ever you are starting from, acknowledging the past is the first step towards your goals.
PRO Tip: On a piece of paper, write 3 statements that describe any obstacles you had over the summer in regards to a healthy lifestyle.
Become Aware of the Present
Sometimes examining your current health and nutrition plan can help you get back on track with your goals, or even set new ones! For example, you might find that your exercise routine has been the same for a while, and needs some tuning up. Nutrition wise, after recalling a typical day of eating your caloric intake may be higher than you expected. Lastly, you may notice that you spend a lot of time stressed out. Self-care and mental health are just as important as the physical aspect, so self-awareness will only help you in your quest for a healthy lifestyle.
PRO Tip: Underneath your 3 statements about your past, write 3 statements that summarize your current workout routine, nutrition plan and consistent stressors.
Control Your Future
Ultimately, you are in control of your health and what happens from here. The biggest obstacle for some people is stepping foot in a gym after a vacation. When you really think about it, a good majority of those you know will be in the same boat. Now that you have acknowledged your past and have become aware of the present, you have the power to impact your future. As a valued member of PRO Club, our facility provides you with many amenities to aid in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Dietitians, counselors, and personal trainers are all available to help. Begin eating healthier, get back in the gym, and do not forget to practice self-care!
PRO Tip: At the bottom of the page, list 3 goals that you plan to achieve in the next 6 months. Keep this paper somewhere safe, and you will be able to look back on it in the future!
Written by Kevin Barcarse, Personal Trainer at PRO Club.