Find the "why"
If you’re going to revisit the health goals you set, the first thing to do is think about what made you set them in the first place. Why do you want to be healthier? Think about those reasons, and even write them down if that’s helpful.1
Consider the situation
Now, look at your goals (or just think about them if they’re not written down—but writing down goals helps you follow through, so write them down this time!). Are they realistic and attainable? Think about your life right now, not about the future or how you hope things will be soon. For example, if going to the gym 3 times a week was your goal, you may want to change that, but keep it just as specific. Maybe you change it to walk for 30 minutes 3 times a week or do YouTube or video workouts 3 times a week.
Break them down
Once you’ve updated your goals to make them fit the current situation, break them down into smaller steps. Decide what you need to do weekly, or maybe even daily, in order to accomplish your goals.2 Put your workouts on your calendar, or track your water intake daily, whatever it is you need to do to get closer to your goal.
Consider an accountability partner
If working out in groups has always been helpful to you, find an accountability partner who shares a similar health goal. You can check in with each other regularly to help each other stay motivated and on track. Ask friends, or even share on your social media—chances are there is someone with a similar goal who needs the motivation as much as you do.
Give yourself grace
Finally, and most importantly, give yourself grace. Remember, we are in a global pandemic. Yes, it’s important not to completely neglect your health, but if you need to take it slow right now, that’s okay. Some days you may feel motivated and full of energy, while other days exercise and healthy eating may be more challenging. That is normal, and the more you’re able to accept that range of emotions, the better you will feel.