Sometimes, even the best of your intentions to stay active and exercise daily go futile. The most intense fitness freaks are challenged with adhering to exercise schedules once a while. To prevent reoccurrence of such lags, we need to analyze the hindrances that we may face during our route to fitness and decipher strategies to tackle or avoid them.
Tick Tock Clock
The most trivial and common excuse given for refraining from exercise is lack of time. We prioritize job, kids, household chores, social interactions and other things over exercise and bother about fitness only when it is inevitable, or we have immense time in our hand.
Human body was designed to move around often and when we consider exercise to be an indispensable part of living, we are sure to pave way for it by hook or crook. Include exercise in your daily ‘to do’ list which would make it mandatory for you to workout, instead of trying to include workout whenever you find time.
In spite all these tricks, if you still find yourself lacking time for exercise, start with just five minutes of activity every day which is sure to promote good health than doing nothing at all. Above health advantages, these five minutes will make exercise a part of your daily routine and a lifelong habit.
Stress Maker or Stress Buster
Although exercising is a great option to get rid of the stress that’s troubling you, most people find it annoying to involve themselves in physical activity when they are stressed. Exercise acts as a stressor on the body and vigorous-intensity exercise during these times is not recommended.
To enjoy the activity and also reduce stress, pick something that makes you happy, fulfilled and refreshed. If you don’t feel like going for a 10-kilometer jog or perform some intense workouts, let it be. Decipher the ones that make you feel less stressed and focus on these activities.
Hot or Cold, be Bold
The sunshine, chirpy little birds and the bright yellow sand outside are sure to attract you to workout outside. But, the situation is not the same when it is raining cats and dogs, or the temperature drops drastically and makes you want to get inside a blanket and enjoy a hot cup of chai. Decide upon a warm and safe place to workout during winter or rainy season. You can switch on some fast-beat song and workout inside the comfort of your home or even go for a few laps inside a mall. If you keep waiting for the perfect weather to start your physical activity session, you are sure to remain inactive most time of the year. If you are looking for some creative summer activity workouts, you can find a lot many at www.firsteatright.com.
Each of us are sure to reach a fitness plateau even when guided with the best fitness instructions. This can lead to irritation and disappointment if weight loss or beauty is the only goal of exercising. Instead, if we have non-weight-related goals such as better stamina, improved sleep, increased energy or simply feel the satisfaction of staying active we can remind ourselves of these advantages during the plateau stages and keep pushing ourselves harder.
Injured or Ill
Illness or an injury might prevent a person from exercising. Instead of focusing on what cannot be done, shift focus to what can be done. If you have hurt your leg, do some upper body stretches. If you suffer from the flu, take a short walk outside your home to breathe some fresh air. Your goal during these times must be to stay in touch with some activity, so that you don’t lose your momentum to exercise regularly.
If you feel that your fitness routine is going down or not happening as per your plan, rewind the plans and go through the strategies used. Find out the elements that are pulling down your fitness goal. There is no destination that can be reached with fitness as it is a continuous process of learning, modifying and improving your overall health and goodness throughout your life.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.