Five tips to keep your fitness goals when something interferes with your normal schedule – don’t let your fitness goals suffer!
I sat down to write my weekly workouts + menu post yesterday, and came up short. It’s a weird week, and there is no planning for how I’ll be able to get in workouts or eat healthful meals. Preston’s parents are in town, staying with us at least part of this week, Preston has the time off, and I’m working. So…. it’s going to be a pretty abnormal and exceptionally busy week.The list of things that interrupt fitness goals is endless, isn’t it?! Maybe it’s guests, illness, crazy winter weather, hormones, lack of sleep (or too much sleep), or just a change in mood and motivation! Whatever the reason, here are a few tips to help you out when your normal isn’t happening 😉
So I thought I’d come up with a few tips to keep your fitness goals. It’s something that I can use this week to do my best, and hopefully something you can use in the future when your normal routine isn’t possible.
5 Tips to Keep Your Fitness Goals:
- Balance your diet as much as possible. When something cuts into our routines, healthy eating always seems to be one of the first things to go, right? Going out to eat way more often than normal? Keep your portions in check and focus on fitting in lots of veggies. Out-and-about a lot for some reason? Make sure you have healthy snacks to keep you going and not reliant on whatever’s convenient. Feeling under the weather? Whether it’s making you lose your appetite or crave comfort food, focus on hydrating yourself! You get the idea.
- Squeeze in Bonus Workouts. If you can’t fit in a full workout, or as frequent of workouts as you like, make up for them with tiny extra workouts whenever you can! Even if you have five extra minutes, that’s enough time to do some serious squats.
- Don’t just write it off until things go back to normal. It’s SO TEMPTING to just wait it out until whatever is interrupting your routine ends. Especially if you’re sick, right? (Now obviously, if you ARE sick then your workouts SHOULD change. Or stop altogether. Same with your diet. If you’re injured, that’s for sure going to change how you reach your fitness goals.) But until something happens to you that prevents you from eating even somewhat well or being somewhat active, you can absolutely make an effort. Even if you have something as ridiculous as a jaw injury affecting your diet, if you make some kind of effort and do your best, you’ll feel much better.
- Be flexible. No, I’m not talking about stretching. I swear, this is the hardest thing for me. If you can’t make your weekly workout plan because you just don’t know how the week will unfold, be open to changing your plans or approach as things change around you.
- Make up for it later. So you do your best while you have an obstacle to your goals. If you’re still not satisfied with how that plays out, then push yourself a little harder the next week. Eat a little cleaner, work out a little longer.
Who has more tips to meet your fitness goals to share? I’d love to hear them!
Ideas For My Week:
Here are the specific tips to keep your fitness goals that I’LL try to implement this week. I won’t be able to do all of these, and certainly not everyday. I’ll just do my best. (JUST DO YOUR BEST should be tip #6.)
- Do Tone It Up’s daily moves throughout the day
- Walk during lunch (the forecast is rain, rain, rain, AND I’m behind on some blogging stuff soooo this might get scratched. But isn’t it a good idea for a crazy week? 😉 )
- Prioritize veggie intake for lunch and dinner. An easy way to keep my diet in check.
- Pack healthy snacks for work. This might sound a little obvious and maybe it’s nothing different for you, but I tend to keep my main meals fairly healthy but don’t watch my snacks so carefully. Since I’ll probably be eating dinners out more than normal, it’s time to reel in the snacks.
- Get one really good HIIT session in mid-week. If I even get one really good 20-30 minute HIIT workout done this week, I’ll be proud. It’s the most time-effective workout I can do, so one of those and a few bursts of TIU daily moves throughout the week would be a success in my books.