So you’ve fallen off the wagon (or is it back on—Seinfeld reference, anyone? 🙂 ). For whatever reason—vacation, illness, injury, life—you’ve let your exercise routine slip. One week goes by and pretty soon three weeks have gone by with little exercise to speak of. Eek! We’ve all been there. So, how do find that fire to start again and bounce back into your exercise routine? First, read this blog post. 😉 Then, grab your running shoes, dust off your sports bra and workout!
- Don’t beat yourself up and don’t over do it. It’s easy to beat our self up and focus on the negative, but DON’T DO IT! Rather than blaming yourself for not working out, focus on what changes you will make tomorrow to fit in your workout. Focus on the excitement of how you will reach your goals and making a change. (Yes, change can be exciting!) Secondly, if you’re coming back from a long break you don’t want to push yourself too hard and over do it. Overdoing it will cause you pain than gain and will keep you from being able to bounce back into your routine.
- Try something new. Another major reason why we let our exercise routines slip is from boredom or from a plateau. Ask almost any trainer and they will say the best way to find motivation is to either try something new or find something you enjoy. Just because your neighbor, best friend, and sister are doing Zumba, doesn’t mean that you have to do it too, especially if you don’t enjoy it. Find something that you like or something that you’ve always wanted to try and let that help you bounce back into an exercise routine.
- Be realistic with your goals. Remember, you’re just getting back into your routine so don’t make crazy goals that you won’t be able to reach. Keep your goals realistic.
- Plan it out and track what you do. Now that you have goals, plan how you will reach those goals. Not having a plan in place is setting yourself up for failure. Most importantly TRACK WHAT YOU DO! It doesn’t matter whether you find an app for your phone or keep a handwritten journal to track your activity, just find something that works for you. Keeping track of what exercise you do and how often you do it, is a HUGE motivator. It will keep you accountable and help you reach your goals. Trust me.
- Reflect on past exercise routines, why you started, and how working out made you feel. Remember how good it felt to relieve that stress with a super-sweaty workout session? Remember how energized you felt when you were working out regularly? Remember that end goal that you first set for yourself that fueled the reason why you started this journey? All of those reasons will help you find that fire again, that passion and motivation that will get you to bounce back into your exercise routine.
Note: Not all breaks from exercise are bad. Sometimes your body needs to rest, recover and rejuvenate. Overtraining is a very serious issue that should never be taken lightly. If you feel you may be overtraining, read this post. Sometimes a break can actually allow you to come back into your routine more motivated and ready to tackle new goals. Never get yourself down for not exercising or push yourself too hard to make up for lost time. Just focus on what you will do different today/tomorrow and ease into your routine if it’s been a few weeks or months since you’ve exercised.