Managing Down Times
As a personal trainer at Horizon in Connecticut I’ve got something important to share. Consistently staying fit can be difficult to maintain. Life’s obstacles are constantly thrown our way, and before we know it, we begin to justify our reasoning as to why we haven’t worked out for an extended period of time. This is a down time. Consistency is key when it comes to maintaining fitness, but down times are inevitable. They’re bound to happen, and what started out as two weeks turns into months , and even years.
Down times need to be managed. Everyone falls off at one point or another. I have fallen off way more times than I can count. I learned the hard way that the key to staying consistent is realizing when I fell off, and being proactive about it as quickly as possible. This consisted of a lot of restarting.
Get good at restarting. It’s common to hear that ”starting is the hardest part”. This doesn’t have to be true. Humans are creatures of habit. Once we begin something new, it gets easier to continue doing as time goes on. Be honest with yourself. Realize that you have fallen off, and tell yourself that you’re getting back into it, now. Starting again can be as simple as planning your next workout. As stated by Jimmy Lyons “tomorrow is the only day in the year that appeals to a lazy man”. All that’s necessary is to give yourself enough time to get back in the rhythm. This usually takes about one to two weeks, and with time, it’ll begin to flow and become a part of your lifestyle once again. This is easier said than done, but if you can start again as soon as you realize you’ve fallen off, the time elapsed will be so minimal, that it will be as if you have never stopped.
We never plan to stop. One way or another, it just happens. Realizing that is has happened, and being proactive about it as quickly as possible is the best approach. Also, realize that this is a process. Restarting is not easy to do, but the more it’s done, the better you get at it, and the less it’ll have to be done. Reaching goals follows consistency, and downsizing down times it the key to staying consistent. Give me a call, Id love to help you if you are in need of a personal trainer in Connecticut.
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