Exercise, healthy eating, enough rest…I’m sorry it’s been a crazy week

How often do you hear the above? Or say it in a text or email you eventually get round to replying to?

I’ve already written about how exercise can be fitted in to the busiest of schedules; this article is not a repeat of how you can make that happen – but about accepting the reality that life doesn’t get crazy – it IS crazy!

I’ve been recently hearing this more than I ever used to, and cannot for the life of me work out why! Have everyone’s lives just suddenly become crazier than they used to be?

Southampton personal trainer Gen Preece Boot camp

Not only is it a frequent excuse for not replying, but also one of the most common that I hear for why a personal training client or boot camp attendee hasn’t done any exercise/planned meals/eaten healthily or even had proper rest that week.

Are we kidding ourselves that next week/month/year will be less crazy and we will have more time to do all the things we ‘meant’ to do? Or do we just need to take a closer look at what we are doing with our time each day?

Accepting life for the way it is, rather than hoping or wishing things were some other way is the first step to a more relaxed, peaceful and happier you. You cannot change what happens around you, but you can choose to change the way you think and the way you behave.

For example, when many of my clients first started training with me, a very common concern was how much they socialised on the weekends. This was where any attempts at dieting or ‘being good’ during the week went out the window, so on Monday they’d ‘start all over again’ and be stuck in a plateau week in week out.

So what’s the answer? Accepting socialising as part of life and working with it, rather than worrying about it causing havoc for your health efforts.

If you are going to a new restaurant, check out the menu online before you go. If it contains nothing suitable, then alter your chosen order (salad instead of chips, veg sticks instead of bread…) As a paying customer, you’re entitled to order something you will eat.

Remember, if a meal comes with something, it doesn’t mean it can’t be adjusted. Exactly the same way life can be adjusted to be really only as crazy as we make it!

Southampton personal trainer Gen Preece Boot camp