Recently I reached out to an athlete who has been MIA at the gym.
She told me her story of how working again, and working on home repairs (on top of being a wife, and mother to two little ones) has made her life a little crazy.
Because of these circumstances she has not found the time to make her fitness a priority.
She is not using these circumstances to make excuses, and she recognizes her need to prioritize gym time into her life. As she put it: “Isn’t it ironic that the one thing that keeps me most sane is also the first thing to get dropped when time gets tight?”
Life is messy. Circumstances change. And, from time to time, prioritizing our health and fitness may need to get put on the back burner.
When that happens, here’s what you need to remember:
Give Yourself Some Grace.
If you are in a season of life where you need to prioritize your family, your career, your home, etc. over your health and fitness goals make sure to acknowledge why you are prioritizing these things, and the benefit you get from spending your time on these things.
Knowing your priorities are in the right place, you can give yourself grace for controlling what you can control, for doing what is right for your situation, for knowing that you are temporarily giving up something that is important to you (health and fitness) for the right reasons.
Have a Plan to Get Back.
You are worth being your best self. You are your best self when you feel healthy and vibrant, when you are confident in how you look and feel.
If you are reading this blog, you probably already know that exercising and eating healthy are necessary for you to be your best self.
You know that your relationships are better when you are your best self. That you are a better boss/employee/co-worker when you are full of energy and confidence. You know that your family thrives when you are your best self.
Have a plan to reprioritize working on your health and fitness. Think about what has worked for you in the past. Start small. Give yourself grace when you start back up. Leave your ego outside the box, and focus on the joy of working out, getting sweaty, and working on being your best self again.
What Can You Do During This Season?
Instead of abandoning all hope, and waiting until (next week, next month, next season…) to bring health and fitness back into priority in your life, think about little things that you can start doing now to continue to work towards your heath and fitness goals.
What can you do to work on your nutrition?
What can you do to reduce stress?
What can you do to improve your sleep quality?
Are Stuck in This Season?
If you are stuck in this season, looking for a way to re-prioritize your health and fitness, ask yourself two questions:
1. Why is working on my health and fitness important to me?
2. If I stay in this season of not prioritizing my health and fitness for too long, what do I risk losing?
When you honestly answer these questions, you have taken the first steps to finding your way back.
Being fit and healthy requires us to prioritize some of our time to the endeavor. But you are worth the investment. You are worth looking and feeling your best. You are worth being fit and healthy.
If you are ready to get your sanity back, and get back into working on your health and fitness goals, take the next step and book a “No-Sweat” intro with me to get started.