How to Survive Falling Off the Wagon

Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.

It’s happened to the strongest and most willful of us all. We haven’t just fallen off the weight management and fitness wagon, but we’ve stayed off. While we are saturated with information on how to lose weight and tone our bodies, we rarely get the help we need when the inevitable lapse occurs.

My rule of thumb to work my way back onto that wagon is to begin by remembering that “To err is human, to forgive YOURSELF divine!”

Once you have accepted that this is a temporary set back you will realize that there are benefits to falling off the wagon. For starters, it will give you an opportunity to revisit what you were doing and why you didn’t stay motivated. A lot of times it could be that the system you were using was either too challenging or not challenging enough. Or perhaps you are dealing with stress that is derailing your efforts. Whatever the reason, here are some ways to help you get back on track:

Revisit and revamp: Just because a weight management program works for your friend or sibling does not mean it will work for you. Do your research and find one that fits your lifestyle and tastes. Keep in mind that the best systems are the ones that put you in control of your food intake and encourage healthy weight loss. It’s far easier to stick to a system that you can enjoy and live with.

Revise and Re-energize: If you are dreading that drive to the gym or hating the idea of lacing up for a run, then this is your opportunity to either refresh your current routine or find a new one. There are many ways to step up your current workout with a change of clothes, music or routine. If that doesn’t work, explore other ways you can get your aerobic exercise by taking up a new sport or exercise system.

Don’t let a slump end your fitness goals. Instead, use it to strengthen and improve it!

For more inspiration from Maruchy Lachance check out:

How to Keep Motivated to Stay in Shape

Calorie Counting Isn’t All That Bad

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