Keep Up Those Healthy Habits Post Lockdown!
Many of us are reaching the end of lockdown and have created some awesome healthy habits...How do we make them stick when we get back out in the 'real world?'
I think lockdown, like a lot of things, has gotten better with practise......
With a better idea of what’s involved and what to do to keep ourselves sane I feel like some of us have even managed to build healthy habits in lockdown. Even if it is perhaps alongside some less healthy ones! You may be worrying about how to keep hold of those healthier habits you have had more time for recently.
Here’s some top tips on how to keep up the good work!
You are only one person and you only have so much time in a day. Be really realistic about what you can get done. When you set the bar at an achievable level and then consistently reach it or better yet smash it out of the park, it builds confidence and trust in yourself. So if you can’t physically work out everyday, no worries plan some epic, enjoyable workouts for when you have more time. If you can’t home cook every lunch for the family because you're at work again, batch make some healthy soups, frittatas or pasta bakes for everyone to tuck into when you do have the time. Your new plan going forward may not look perfect but it can definitely look better than not looking after your health. Do what you can and celebrate what you are doing!
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Planning, preparation and prioritising - these are key!
Planning and Preparation!
Planning and preparation are key in those busier times. Make a list of the achievable things that you would like to make happen for the day and make plans to work through them. That may mean scheduling time to batch cook one evening to save future you some time and effort. It may look like getting lunch ready the night before because you know what the mornings are like now! It may look like small wins such as getting everybody to make do with your planned backup meal of eggs and beans on toast instead of hitting Mcdonalds that one night you all arrive home late and grumpy. Make a plan, then make a back up plan and execute said plan, as often as you can.
What are your priorities? Don’t feel like you have to do all the things all the time. Sometimes it’s better to work out what will have the biggest impact for the least amount of effort and go after that. If keeping your strength up is really important for you but you can’t fit in 4 workouts a week, choose 2 days instead if that’s all you can do, but really commit to it. That is that day's priority! If you are struggling to make sure every meal is teaming with nutrients then maybe prioritise one meal that you really need to get more fruit and vegetables into. Sometimes working on and winning at something that really matters to you is more important than having control over less important areas.
Health looks different on everyone!
You are doing great. Perfect does not exist so work with what health looks like for you and your current lifestyle. The fact that your reading this means you’re on the right track! You have totally got this!
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