Do you come home after a busy day, eat dinner, and snack your way through the evening in front of the TV? Many people routinely use television as a way to relax and unplug from the day and it's not unusual to bring along a snack. A common struggle among my coaching clients is that these behaviors tend to undermine their fitness goals, and they have a hard time breaking the habit.
The challenge in shifting this dynamic is that TV, snacking, and relaxing are emotionally linked and it's difficult not to do one without the other. How do you unlink these behaviors in order to still enjoy them? Here are some ideas:
- View your favorite TV shows in another room. Instead of where you normally watch them, go to a different room and don’t bring food along. Better yet, find a space where you can be on the floor while you watch and do a series of stretches. If you have a treadmill or stationary bike, walk or bike while watching.
- Choose a different way to relax in the evening: quiet meditation, write in a journal, read a book, take a bath, do a yoga video, play a musical instrument, pursue an artistic talent like crafting or painting.
- Find healthy hacks for your favorite snacks. If you are also watching TV, measure out what you will eat. Eat slowly, and when that amount is gone, get up from watching TV and do something else.
If you need some help breaking through your patterns, send me a note. I’d love to hear from you.