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More than ever before, we are all facing new and stressful challenges in our lives. For many of us, the pandemic has turned our lives upside down. While we cannot control every aspect of our lives right now, we can take back control over our fitness.

Following are three tips to help you persevere and overcome obstacles on your health and fitness journey:

  1. Adopt positive self-talk. Self-deprecating talk is disturbingly common, particularly as people compare themselves to other people – a phenomenon more common now that we are all so widely “connected” through social media platforms. Taking the time to reassure yourself and convince yourself of your worth can make a huge difference in helping you achieve your goals.
  2. Establish realistic goals. If your goals aren’t attainable – whether due to your lifestyle or because the goals themselves are unrealistic – what’s the point? You will ultimately become stuck, sad, or angry and may ultimately give up.
  3. Make a plan. It’s great that you want to achieve certain goals but how and when will you achieve them? Without a detailed plan (what, how and by when), you can’t effectively measure and note progress made.

Please remember that support services are available to help you – don’t ignore your mental health.


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