Between forced rest, work, and family commitments, there was a lot to deal with throughout the year. The result is that many people tend to sacrifice the one thing that allows them to take care of themselves and feel good: exercise. Losing the habit is easier than resuming it: a week in which you have been particularly busy is enough, very easily the weeks then become two, and before you know it, training is just a distant memory. But you have to find a way to get back into your workout routine and create one that’s hard to break away from. Here are 4 strategies to get back on track.
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The whole point of physical activity is that you have to want to do it for yourself. Finding the right motivation to get back to training comes from within. And it’s not just about finding the motivation, but about finding the right one to get back in shape. Forget all those reasons such as physical appearance, you have to go a little deeper. You need to focus on what is important to you. And once you understand why you want to get back in shape, drop by the doctor for a health assessment. It is important to start on the right foot.
Even a single week away from training can compromise your performance. Two weeks without exercising can result in a reduction in strength and muscle mass. In other words, if you were diligent until a month or two ago, don’t think about going back to training as before. Take it one step at a time. The point is to fix your body not to make it suffer. Start with a few minutes a day of cardio training, then move on to longer workouts that also include weights. A healthy adult should devote 150 minutes per week to physical activity.
When you get back to your fitness routine, you will be tempted to radically change your eating habits as well. Often people tend to make too many changes all at once, better to change one thing at a time. Just focus on re-establishing your exercise goal. Change your diet only gradually so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by deprivation and give up on too much frustration. If you really want to introduce something new, drink more water so that you are well hydrated and ready to sweat more.
You don’t have to take grueling courses or spend time running for physical activity. You can also find a routine at home. Find a sequence of movements to do even just for 10 – 15 minutes a day. This will help you drastically decrease the excuses for lack of time. Think about how you can incorporate physical activity into your days. Walk more, choose the stairs instead of the elevator, do some stretching exercises on the spot. A movement must be your new mission.