The alarm goes off.  It’s time to get up and start your day.  This morning in particular is the first day back to school, so in addition to getting yourself ready, it’s time to get your kids back on track and into their new September routines.

You know what you have to do to keep them organized and give them what they need to get back into the swing of things, but what are you going to do with your routine now that your mind is on everyone elses?

Many of us have the intention of re-establishing a new routine for ourselves once our kids get into theirs, but there can be many distractions. Not to mention just getting accustomed to new wake up times and hectic mornings can leave you feeling exhausted…making it very easy to put off your health and fitness routines.

Here’s what we need to remember.  There will ALWAYS be things that come up in daily life whether planned or not that will give us a reason NOT to accomplish our goals.  Whether it’s an impromptu meeting at the office, doctor’s appointments, traffic jams or last minute homework assignments (your kids’), these unexpected or unwanted interruptions can allow us to put things off…IF we let them.

Nowadays, we’re all trying to make an effort to be more active and eat well.  Funny enough, these are the two most common things that can get thrown out the window when the above interruptions happen.  Why is that?  Because it’s just ‘easier?’  I guess so.  It’s easier in the moment to say,
Oh that traffic was so bad.  Now I’m home 30 minutes later than usual.  Guess I can’t work out tonight. I’ll do it tomorrow instead.’
Oh that traffic was so bad.  Now I’m home 30 minutes later than usual.  I don’t want to make dinner now, so I’ll swing by the drive thru’.

But what about in the long run?  It’s certainly not easier when we fall off track and to deal with the stress of not only our daily living, but with feeling unproductive and ashamed of our lack of personal accomplishment.

If you think this September will have you feeling tempted at letting unexpected interruptions prevent you from achieving your health and fitness goals this year, take a look at the five points below.  Remember…it’s up to you.  Your amazing goal(s) is there for you when you’re ready to really want it.

  1. Make it part of your daily or weekly routine; that way your goal and be consistently on your mind.
  2. Stay focused.  Keep your eye on the prize.  It’s not the HOW (‘how am I going to reach my goal?’) it’s the WHY.  Road blocks don’t prevent you, they just take you on a different road to the final goal.
  3. Make it your MOST important appointment.  You wouldn’t cancel your car’s brake service appointment.  That’s very important.  So why would you cancel your date at the gym?  Block off time on your calendar.  Treat it as an appointment.
  4. Reduce your commitments.  If you find yourself with overwhelming amounts of commitments/activities that are interrupting and affecting your health and fitness goal, trim them down so you can make more time for yourself.  People will understand…and if they don’t, they’ll get over it!
  5. Make sure you REALLY WANT IT.  If you don’t REALLY want it, it won’t happen and it won’t motivate you to stay committed.  The things we really want in life (that new car, house, holiday), we all make them happen.  Your health and fitness goals require the same desire.

Jannah Watt is the owner of the soon to launch Kuhoot is Canada’s first social networking, match-making platform for fitness professionals and clients to connect, train and create long-lasting professional relationships.

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