Maybe you’re sitting in a lack-of-routine rut. How do you regain momentum? How do you find the time in your hectic schedule to make your comeback?
If and when you decide to make your return, it’s important to do it with the right perspective. Having unrealistic expectations about your fitness goals will only serve as a deterrent, and possibly the downfall to your exercise comeback. Before you hit the streets, the gym, the court, the field, or whatever your fancy, keep a few things in mind:
1) Make a schedule and stick to it. If you’re serious about getting back into shape, you can’t do it with half a heart. Look at your current schedule, decide where there is space, and create a workout routine. This way, you’ll notice a trend if you’re missing workouts consistently, and can decide if it’s a motivation issue or a scheduling issue. (If it’s a motivation issue, just get up and go!)
2) Make realistic goals. Depending on how long you’ve been complacent, you’ve probably lost some endurance. Don’t start back up where you left off. If you were doing 20 reps at 45lbs, do 15 reps at 35lbs. If you were running for 8k, start off with a 3k run and work your way up. If your goals are too ambitious, you’re setting yourself up for failure, disappointment, and a higher chance of ditching your workouts all-together.
3) Mix it up. If you’re finding it hard to get back in the groove, try a new class. Take beginners yoga or spin, and see what excites you. Maybe you stopped working out in the first place because the old routine was boring you. Try a variety of fitness techniques and don’t be afraid to spice it up once in a while!
4) Get a buddy. With support and camaraderie, it’ll be easier to get yourself motivated. Plan buddy runs or sign up for a class together. Not only will you have the comfort of knowing you’re not alone, but you’ll have someone to push you on those lazy days.
5) Don’t be your worst critic. If you got to the gym, give yourself a pat on the back. Look back on your workout and say, “Wow, I did it!” rather than, “Wow, I hope no one saw that.” Chances are, no one is noticing your pace or technique. Do your best and that’s terrific. Criticizing your effort will only make you feel negatively about working out in general.
So, what are you waiting for? Lace up those runners and get back out there. Investing in some “me” time is one of the healthiest things we can do for ourselves, and you deserve it!