How To Start Exercising Again After A Break
Sometimes life strikes, and we do get side track a little with our goals. Be it commitments popping up, sickness kicking in, or being swamped by work. All of a sudden, your exercise routine goes from regular to non-existent. The question is, how do we get back into our routine back again? It's okay to fall out of your routine, it happens. No matter how daunting it may feel to get things back on track, it is possible to kickstart your exercise routine. All you need is a little support and a few small steps to make it happen.
Take It Easy
Feeling overwhelmed to get back into exercising, and struggling by it all, sometimes the best way is to kickstart with something easy. If heavy weights or a run is taking a toll on you, why not head out and go for a brisk walk or light jog, keep yourself moving. The trick is to get be consistent and get back to your healthy habits, it's okay to start with something small.
Set A Time For It
Subconsciously you tend to look for an excuse not to exercise, you will find a distraction to hinder yourself from your plan. All the more, it is important to make time specifically for your daily exercise. Set aside a time that you will not get easily distracted. It is all down to your own schedule and preferences, in the end, there is no perfect time to exercise. If mornings are too time-tight, then schedule some time in the evening to exercise. Vice versa, if you will be caught up at work in the evenings, why not take some time in the morning to exercise? Even a 15-minute quick session counts if you know you are going to be busy the whole day, doing something is better than doing nothing.
5 Minute Rule
The idea of completing a full 30 minutes or an hour-long workout can be daunting, which would lead individuals to give up before even starting. Give yourself 5 minutes to commit to starting the workout, if you feel too drained and unable to continue, cut yourself some slack and be done for the day. More often, once you are up and moving, you will feel the drive of wanting to keep going. Nonetheless, kickstart the 5 minutes and see where it leads you to.
Have An Exercise Buddy
It is easy to give yourself an excuse to pull out of any workout if you are just answering to your own commitment. Having an additional companion to exercise with is a great way to boost your drive and motivation. You can hold each other accountable and stick to your exercise routine.
Remember The Benefits
Focus on the outcome of exercising regularly instead of the effort you need to put into it. No doubt workout can be hard at the start, but that is because your body is not used to it. It's okay to struggle a little, the key is to be focused and motivate yourself and remember the benefits after a good workout session. You will never regret a workout and say you don't feel better afterwards.
Commit To It
Habit takes time to sink in, therefore it is always good to tell yourself to stick to a routine for a period of time to make it into a habit. Committing to a 30 days challenge can feel overwhelming for someone getting back on track. Why not break the time frame into smaller windows, such as a 2 weeks challenge? From there, pick up the pace and commit to a longer time frame, and 30 days would not feel as daunting as you thought it would be.
Habits are created through consistent daily activities we put our time into. The more consistent you are, the easier it forms into a healthy habit. Once it becomes a habit, exercising will be a part of your daily life.
Do It For Yourself
Always remember that being fit & healthy is for you, not for anyone else or for how they think you should look. Every time you exercise, know that you have done something good for yourself, pat yourself on the shoulder and celebrate it. You are building a better you every day, stick to it and believe in it.