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Sharon Crook


February 11, 2024

How to Adjust, Adapt and Thrive When Life Gets Busy

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it's all too common for our fitness and nutrition goals to take a back seat. The demands of work, family responsibilities, and the general stress of life can easily derail our best intentions. It's like hitting the pause button on our health journey, with the intention of hitting play again when things calm down. But here's the thing –life rarely slows down. So, instead of pressing pause, it's time to adjust our approach and find sustainable solutions to keep moving forward.

Understanding the Pause Button Phenomenon

Why do we press pause on our fitness and nutrition routines? The reasons are varied, but they often boil down to the overwhelming demands of life. Between work deadlines, family commitments, and social obligations, it's easy to feel like there's simply not enough time or energy left for self-care. Stress plays a significant role too – when we're feeling overwhelmed, our motivation to exercise and eat well can plummet. Additionally, the all-or-nothing mindset can lead us to believe that if we can't devote hours to the gym or prepare elaborate meals, it's not worth doing anything at all.

Adjust, Don't Pause

Instead of hitting pause, let's adjust our approach to fitness and nutrition. Here are some practical solutions to keep you moving forward,even when life gets hectic:

1.    Daily Movement: Incorporate movement into your daily routine, even if it's just a short walk during your lunch break or a quick bodyweight workout before dinner. Every little bit adds up, and consistency is key.

2.    Daily Healthy Food Choice: Focus on making one healthy food choice each day, whether it's opting for a salad instead of fries or choosing water over sugary drinks. Small changes can have a big impact over time.

3.    Nighttime Bed Routine: Prioritize quality sleep by establishing a bedtime routine that helps you unwind and relax before sleep. This could include activities like reading, stretching, or practicing meditation.

4.    Social Connections: Surround yourselfwith supportive friends and family who encourage your health goals. Consider finding a workout buddy to keep you accountable and motivated.

Moving Forward with Purpose

As we navigate the ups and downs of life, it's important to regularly reassess our goals and adjust our approach as needed. Instead of striving for perfection or waiting for the perfect moment to start, focus on consistency and progress over time. Reflect on areas of your life where you'd like to see change or improvement, whether it's in your fitness, nutrition, relationships, or personal growth. Identify the level of intensity you can realistically commit to consistently, whether it's a daily walk or three gym sessions per week, and create a plan of action to make it happen.

Remember, it's not about being perfect – it's about making small, sustainable changes that add up to a healthier, happier you. So, don't press pause on your health journey. Adjust, adapt, and thrive. Your future self will thank you for it.

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