‘When all this is over…’ are words we often find ourselves repeating. Yet here's an opportunity; now's the time to take control of our healthy living goals.
We don't have to return to old habits and hang-ups. We don't have to succumb to food, alcohol, nicotine etc. for momentary relief. While we’ve been forced to hit the stop button, that doesn't stop us from hitting the start button. Let's change our tomorrow, today.
When we pause and take some time to think about what we are doing we often make better choices. Do I need that extra helping? Can I go for another hour without that snack? Can I have one less sugar in my tea? Can I get out for a daily brisk walk?
As lockdown begins to ease, so will our return to old ways of working, living and thinking. In the rush to return to normal, ask yourself; which parts of normal are worth turning back to? What parts of normal are worth turning your back on? Now’s the time to turn this unplanned opportunity into something good. Our tendency will be to return to comforting go-to habits.
What were your pre-lockdown defaults? What are you rushing back to? What can we turn towards instead?
Coronavirus remains the silent and invisible threat to our health and wellbeing. Now, more than ever is an important time to maintain and take steps to improve our health. There are no two ways about it: obesity-related conditions worsen the effect of coronavirus. People with heart disease and diabetes are at higher risk of coronavirus complications. What can you do? Could you shed some pounds; get your body moving and heart beating; or quit smoking?
Use the disruption we're experiencing as an opportunity for transformation. Habits are easier to change when they’ve already been disrupted. Now’s the time to break the habit of a lifetime. Register with us today to learn how we can support your next step.
There are lots of things we can’t do right now. Let’s transform our can’t dos into can dos. Alex used the constriction of lockdown to make it the time he took control of smoking. Jane used lockdown to start a new routine of twice-weekly fitness classes; her new normal.
In the words of Anna, from Frozen 2, “just do the next right thing"!
‘Just do the next right thing… Take a step, step again... I won't look too far ahead... But break it down to this next breath, this next step... This next choice is one that I can make’
Don’t look too far ahead but break your goal down into smaller, simpler milestones. Set yourself a challenge. Maureen walked 25 miles in a month for her Race at Your Pace challenge – as they say ‘a 12-minute mile is just as far as a 6-minute mile’! Commit to show up to an online video workout regularly or try virtual Park Yoga for free each Sunday morning from your living room.
Then I'll make the choice to hear that voice, and do the next right thing.
Lockdown may be easing but we must still keep our distance. We can exercise outside of our home, yet we must stay 2 meters away from anyone we don't live with. It's still best to stay local to your home.
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