4 Ways to Overcome an Obstacle


Even the most dedicated workout warriors can fall off the wagon from time to time—especially when there’s a make-or-break moment on the job or an unexpected crisis at home. Here’s how to keep your body a top priority, no matter which of these fitness-derailing transitions life throws your way!!!!

A pulled hamstring or torn rotator cuff can send you to the couch for weeks—even months.
Set a goal. First, ask your doctor how long you’ll be out of commission. To avoid workout withdrawal, find out what else you can do to stay in shape and set a doable goal to achieve by the time you’re all healed up. Let’s say swimming is a go. Aim to swim the equivalent of half a mile! “A goal helps you let go of your immediate disappointment and look beyond the injury,” says Edmund Acevedo, Ph.D., chairman of the health and human performance department at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Moving up to a better position has certain perks, but spare time is usually not one of them.
Identify the workplace athlete. Approach the lunch-hour runner or the after-work gym fiend and find out how she makes it work. Does she keep gym clothes in her desk? Does she do short-but-intense workouts so she’s finished in an hour? Adopt aspects of her routine and you’ll soon have one of your own.

New Baby
Yeah, the baby is a blessing, but the extra pounds can feel more like a curse.
Add gym time to your to-do list. Even if it’s nowhere near the grand scale of your pre-baby regimen, check with your doctor and then make some form of exercise part of your regular schedule, alongside feedings and naps. Make yourself the priority a couple times a week. But this may be the one time you can cut yourself a little workout slack. And yes, until you’re ready to do more, walking around the house toting a 10-pound bundle of cuteness counts.

Big Move
Between hunting for new digs and packing up your life, your running shoes may get buried in the boxes.
Scope out your fitness options before you pack the moving van. If you join the local gym or scope out new running routes prior to your move, you’ll have a workout at the ready once your stuff is unpacked. You’ll create a subconscious commitment to exercise.

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