How to Jump Back into Fitness
By Sara Butler
Almost every single person has had a consistent exercise routine that fizzled out for one reason or another. Maybe they suffered an injury or had issues with motivation -- but whatever the reason, you can rest assured that if you’re looking to pick a fitness routine back up, you’re not alone. Here are some sure-fire ways strategies to help you jump back on the fitness bandwagon and stay there!
Why People Stop
There are so many reasons why people stop exercising, even if they’ve been doing it for years. It’s quite common to feel discouraged if you’re not meeting your goals through exercise or seeing results you want. Your family situation may change, your job, or even your health -- all this can impact your habits and shift priorities. All that is normal, but give yourself a break because you’re only human!
If you’ve started and then stopped, don’t focus on the past. Keep moving forward, even if you miss a scheduled workout here and there. You’ll likely be facing a battle to reclaim your fitness level and get back to where you were before. Expect it and just keep going.
Think about your past fitness routines and be honest with yourself about what you liked and didn’t like about them. Write down what you think and look for red flags or patterns so you can work to avoid them in the future. Remember all the benefits that being active and exercising regularly provided for you and focus on the positive aspects. It might just help you rededicate yourself!
What Can Change?
After you’ve taken some time to think it over, think about what changes you can make. It might be your motivation, expectations, or distractions. Modify your new workout to reflect the things that must change in order for you to move forward.
Make a Plan
Now that you’ve identified the things that must change, figure out how to do it. Don’t be afraid to go about things differently than you did before. Find a form of exercise that you like and inspires you to keep moving. If motivation is a factor, then you may want to consider an exercise class or workout buddy to help.
Set Small Goals
It’s OK to have a larger goal for your fitness, but don’t forget the importance of small goals along the way. Make a plan and then execute it, simply start small.
Getting back on the fitness train might be tough, but it's not impossible. Just take it a step at a time!
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