Preventing Relapse in a Health & Fitness Journey: COMMON TRIGGERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

A relapse in a Health & Fitness journey means you quit exercising, stop eating healthy, let things get into your head again, etc., it’s basically falling back into your old habits. 

Living a healthy life and being consistent with it can be difficult if you’re just starting out. Let’s not sugarcoat it. A RELAPSE IS INEVITABLE and I think it is one of those things that makes the journey a bit challenging.

So, I’m sharing with you the common causes of relapse in a health and fitness journey you should watch out for. Remember these and stay ahead of the game.

  1. Emotional Triggers
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Emotional triggers include stress and anxiety.

We all know that life can be SO stressful sometimes, wait, no, probably most of the time.

But when a person – who is living a healthy life – becomes overwhelmed and doesn’t know how to cope with negative emotions, it can lead to relapse. 

Stress can cause emotional eating, loss of motivation, and the inability to cope with life’s challenges. 

  1. Social Triggers
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This means that a person can be influenced by other people he / she is with most of the time.

For example, having friends or family members who always invite you to eat at fast food restaurants or ask you out for drinks every week.

We sometimes feel the pressure of giving in because, of course, we don’t want to let those people down. But it’s also because of always giving in that makes social triggers a powerful cause of relapse.

It’s not that you shouldn’t spend time with them anymore, but when you are just starting to live a healthy life and still figuring things out, it’s important to have a circle that will be supportive of your decisions and choices.
 

  1. Environmental Triggers
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Experiencing relapse because of an environmental trigger can happen when a person travels a lot, moves into a new city, starts to become very busy at work, or any environmental change that can affect your Health & Fitness routine.

Other examples of environmental triggers include: if you live nearby a gym or not, if you have access to a grocery store, if you have a decreased or increased time to exercise, if you have the luxury to cook your own meals, and so on.

SO…

Expect RELAPSE to happen. It’s normal and it’s good because in this way, you will know if you really have the determination to live a healthy life and stay committed to it.

Remember, everything is DIFFICULT before it gets EASY. Soon, you will be able to prevent yourself from having these triggers and avoid relapse completely.