How’s everyone feeling today? A little rough? Stay up too late? I once read the day of the Super Bowl Sunday is 2nd in terms how much food is consumed (or bought) in the U.S. in a day, only to Thanksgiving. After these big days, folks generally do two things, get super strict or regimented in their diet and exercise to counter all the “bad food” they had on Sunday or, just pick up where you left off because yesterday was yesterday. Which one of those do you think you are?
I can tell you which one probably has a healthier relationship with diet and exercise. Sorry if I’m the one informing you of this, it’s probably not option A. Here are a couple of things that can nudge you away from that type of thinking:
Consistency- When you have an established routine that requires minimal effort to perform because it’s more of a habit than an independent action, it’s easy to shrug off a single day (or 3 or 4) of enjoying yourself. Whether it’s consistently making sure you have protein and veggies to eat, or a regular exercise habit, it’s easier when you don’t have to think about these every single time.
Moderation- There is such thing as too much of a good thing, it's best to treat things a bit like a pendulum. When someone eats nothing but pizza and ice cream, it creates problems. Also, when someone is super strict on their diet and eats only broccoli and chicken for every meal, that creates problems too. Same goes with exercise, doing nothing but sitting on your favorite recliner 90% of the time creates problems, but there’s also problems that follow living in a gym for 3 hours every day for years on end. It’s all about balance and moderation.
Instead of going to extremes today, if that’s your instinct, try to take one little step into creating some sort of consistency and balance into your life with fitness. For the long term, you’ll find yourself way better off this time next year.
Have a great week folks and thanks for reading!
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS