I’ve touched on the “pause-button mentality” before, and it’s a mindset that I’ve seen derail many people’s fitness journeys.
Perhaps you’ve encountered this scenario: You’re in the zone, hitting 3-4 workouts a week, nailing your meal prep, and then, out of nowhere – BAM.
An all-night work session.
A sick family member or furry friend.
In a world where we can hit pause on our phones, iPads, and YouTube videos at will, we’ve been conditioned to think we can apply the same logic to our health and fitness.
Let me be clear: It doesn’t work that way.
The all-or-nothing approach often leads to watching our hard-earned progress vanish – or worse, slide backward.
Don’t fall into this trap, especially during this time of year.
Holiday season is just around the corner, and it’s prime time for excuses. Parties, family gatherings and other festivities are on the horizon.
The best strategy is to stay ahead of the curve. Double down on your workouts and nutrition now, so you can sail through the upcoming season without regrets or extra weight to carry.
Unfortunately, what I’ve witnessed far too often is people hitting the “pause button” on their fitness routines when the holidays roll around. They go from working out 3-4 days a week and prepping meals for Monday through Friday to stopping both entirely, assuring themselves that they’ll “get back on track” once the busy times are over.
Here’s a more effective approach: Dial it down just a notch – aim for 1-2 workouts a week and prep meals for 3 workdays. Remember, the calendar doesn’t stop, and neither does your body’s metabolic process.
Don’t fall for the illusion that you can hit pause and resume where you left off when it’s convenient. Set yourself up for success, and save the pause button for YouTube.