It is so common to fall into a slump, especially if you have been doing a certain thing for a long period of time on a regular basis. The human brain is wired in such a way so as to get bored easily after some point of time has passed. This can occur in the case of a job, eating habits and pretty much any activity which you tend to do in your life that requires a routine. Same is the case with your health or fitness routine. One major reason for falling off the healthy bandwagon is becoming too bored of the routine and hence falling into what is commonly known as a ‘health slump’.
Even if you may not be going through it right now, you would definitely know what we are talking about. Almost everyone has gone through a health slump sometime or the other in their life, even if they did not necessarily know what it was called then. Health slumps are easy to get into, especially after you have been following a particular routine for a long period of time. But they are extremely hard to get over which is why many people are not able to attain their fitness or health goals easily. The key is to recognise that you are indeed in a health slump and follow some of the ways mentioned below to get out of it once and for all.
- Monitor Your Progress:
A highly underrated point in this regard is that you will never be completely satisfied with your health and fitness journey unless you document it regularly and properly. This is one vital step which many people skip on, leading to them falling into the dreaded health slump. Even though there are numerous apps available now which help you to track your fitness progress every single time that you workout, we would still suggest that you record it the old school way and make good use of machines such as weighing scales and body fat analysers and note the readings down regularly if you are indeed wanting to lose some weight.
- Keep A Health Journal:
Now this point somewhat ties in with our last point of tracking your fitness progress. If you do put pen to paper and record everything from your daily meals to your workout circuits, you will ultimately get your own health journal which can then help to motivate you on the off chance that you feel demotivated to continue your healthy routines. This will also help you to recognise any irregularities or patterns that you tend to fall into during certain times of the day or month. This can aid you in recognising the optimum time for you to workout or the kind of healthy food which suits your body the best, among other things.
- Consult A Health Coach:
Not everyone needs a health coach to be fully healthy but if you have indeed fallen into the black hole, also known as the health slump, it is advisable that you at least try to consult one. Talking to a professional about your fitness journey and the numerous struggles which you are encountering along the way can make you feel so much better. They will also be able to advise you according to your specific and unique physical factors.
- Have Patience To See Results:
One important thing for everyone who is on their own fitness and health journeys is to realise that it does not take a week or a month to see miraculous results in your physique. While small changes may be visible in this short span of time, it is nearly impossible and a travesty to expect your body to change that quickly. Even if you do achieve the change, chances are that you will compromise on your health in the long run in such a case. So remain patient, keep consuming good food, multivitamins and working out to get a strong and healthy body which is free of diseases.
- Balance Working Out Outdoors And Indoors:
Not switching up your surroundings and the place at which you workout on a regular basis can lead to you falling into a rut and getting bored of it all. A good way to combat this problem is to balance the amount of time which you spend working out indoors with working out outdoors, in the fresh air. This will help to keep your mind active and chances are that you will be much less likely to fall into a health slump in such a case.
- Switch Up Your Health Routine Regularly:
In addition to changing your place of working out periodically, you should also make it a point to switch up your health and fitness routine on a regular basis as well. Your body tends to get used to an activity which you do every single day and that can end up having a lesser positive effect on your physique than before and in turn can bore you as well. Look up some fun and innovative activities to do every single time that you workout to avoid any kind of burnout.
- Get Inspiration Online Or From Peers:
One important thing which should not be underestimated in any way is inspiration. It is important to get inspired by something or someone so that you stay motivated enough to achieve all of your health and fitness goals. This can be in the form of an end goal that you want to achieve or getting a physique similar to someone else. While this may not seem like a lot but this can actually help to push you in times when you do not necessarily want to follow through with your initial plans. Having a strong inspiration can provide you with the determination to fulfil even the hardest of tasks.
We would like to end this article by saying that even if you do fall into a slump after following all of these points, try to remember the reason why you started this health and fitness journey in the first place. Sometimes that is motivation enough to not give up and continue on your path.