Relapse… it happens to the best of us. Sometimes it’s from unavoidable circumstances, other times from a sudden lack of motivation. Most of us have experienced relapse into bad habits from the good habits we strived so hard to achieve.
If you’ve noticed my absence from blogging for awhile, it’s from a bout of relapse while moving overseas, traveling around the world (twice), and like many of you, from the Holidays. Needless to say, I got sidetracked and slacked in workouts and eating habits. Lets face it, people who have busy schedules, travel a lot, or are in transition have a high chance of back-sliding in fitness. I just went through this. So how do we deal with relapse and defeat it? Here’s 3 things I’ve discovered that helped me.
- Don’t Beat yourself up: If there is one surefire way that you won’t get back into good habits, it’s by being too critical of yourself. It’s like trying to dig yourself out of a hole—the more you dig, the harder it is to get out! So you fell in, you messed up, life got to busy and crazy—it happens to the best of us. Just make sure when you fall, you fall forward and get back up, stronger than ever!
- Resolve to get “Back in the Game” So, how do you make sure you fall forward with relapse? Have a resolve to bounce back. I’m not talking about motivation, because after a while of not exercising/eating right, you lose motivation. I’m talking about sheer will-power. You may not feel like it, you may not even want to get back into health habits, but you do it anyway. It’s true, for much of the past few months of moving and Christmas festivities, I did not workout and eat right. However, I still had the mindset that I would get back to exercise, eating right, blogging, and helping people get fit. I might not have had time to devote myself fully to this, but I did what I could, when I could. During my relapse, I worked out when possible, still had Shakeology, and I also became a Certified Personal Trainer with A.C.E. If life gets crazy and it’s extra hard to be hardcore with health and fitness, do what you can! The best way to get out of relapse is to not relapse fully, and be determined to go all out when things settle down.
- Support, Support, and more Support! If you have fallen completely off the bandwagon, or don’t know where your will-power went, having the support and accountability from others is key. My wife always was encouraging me to get back to working out during our move. Plus, I had an online community to help motivate me as well. Find someone in your life to keep you accountable. Make a new years resolution with someone, or a group of people!
This period of relapse has made me stronger and more determined than ever in my health and fitness. It has also gave me a stronger resolve to help others who are prone to relapse or are already in it. That’s why I became a Personal Trainer, and I hope that I can help you in defeating relapse. Let’s stick to our resolutions this next year!