“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James
When your life goes crazy and your usual workout routine is just not going to happen, don’t panic. You know you’re not going to quit on yourself, so plan for what is possible.
Try one of these three fast workout fixes:
– Shorten your normal workout. Reduce the time or reduce the number of days, or both.
– Take a brisk 15 to 20-minute walk. Before your walk, do 10 minutes of body weight exercises (jumping jacks, pushups, squats and crunches).
– If neither of the above is realistic, then take a few days off from exercise, plan out your nutrition (which should already be planned ahead), and keep that as tight as possible.
The key is to determine what you can do and what won’t cause additional stress, and what will also keep you focused. There’s nothing wrong with modified routines during overly stressful times, or even a few days off with consistent nutrition. Sometimes it’s just a matter of giving ourselves permission to say, “It’s ok.”
I would add to the William James quote and say that you also have the ability to choose one action over another. It’s your mind and your body and you are in control.
If you need help with workouts, nutrition, and staying consistent even during times of stress, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out my online training options. You don’t have to do this alone.