Lockdown: Excuse or opportunity?

How is lockdown going for you so far? Have you stopped to ask yourself how you are, really?

I want to start my email today acknowledging all of the clients who joined me on the healthy path. I have been so impressed and inspired by how you’ve remained so focussed on your nutrition during this time. Some finding it much simpler to stick to their plan without work events and social occasions creating challenges! Which brings me on to today’s topic. How are you viewing lockdown, as an excuse or an opportunity?

We can use this time as an excuse to:

Indulge in chocolate or other comfort foods. No one is going to see you for a while if you do gain a couple of pounds.
Not exercise. Your gym is shut, your classes have temporarily stopped. Might as well wait until they’re open again, right?
Have more to drink than usual. A glass of wine marks the end of the day and there’s no requirement to get out of bed at the crack of dawn anymore.

Now let’s reframe things to look at lockdown as an opportunity.

You can take it as an opportunity to:

Focus on your nutrition. There are no meals at restaurants to navigate and more time to spend planning meals and cooking healthy dishes. Get those cookbooks out!
Start a new fitness regime. With more free workout plans available online than ever – from yoga and pilates to HIIT and body weight training – there has never been a better time.
Cut down on drinking. No invites to social events or pressure from friends to have ‘just one glass’. If you’ve been thinking that you could do with cutting back on how much you drink, this really is a perfect time.

These are just three examples but there are no doubt countless more. I do not wish to overlook the fact that for some, this period of time is especially challenging, but I do feel that we can all look at our current situation and find some opportunities. However small.

Take a moment to ask yourself how you want to emerge from lockdown. Like you’ve had an overly-indulgent Christmas? Or the fittest, healthiest version of yourself?

Ps. If you are really struggling through this time, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 082 579 1631. We will do what we can to help you find the support you need.

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