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While I love the mental and physical benefits of a good workout, after a solid three-year hiatus (blaming the pandemic-induced gym closure for… some of this time), I’ve found getting back into the weekly fitness routine I had cemented has been next to impossible; I’ve been able to commit to 40-minute walks at a slight incline on my treadmill here and there and I even successfully completed a full two months of weekly pilates before I got married last year. Still, I have to admit that finding a way to recapture the motivation to return to a lifestyle where regular exercise was non-negotiable has been a sometimes literal uphill battle.
Over the past year, I’ve come to accept the fact that my all-or-nothing mentality when it comes to physical health is no longer serving me well, mentally or physically. It’s taken me a long time to realize that just because you eat a greasy burrito for breakfast doesn’t mean the rest of the day or diet is doomed, and ordering fast food from the couch is the only reasonable option to honor such failure.