Sometimes life happens and we can get a little off track. Family commitments pop up, sickness kicks in, or you get stuck with overtime at work. Then all of a sudden your exercise routine goes from regular to non-existent.. So the question is—how do you get back into routine? If you have found yourself a little off track and needing a motivation boost, here are some tips on how to restart your exercise habit and get back into a healthy routine.
1. Just start with something you like
If you are really struggling to get back into exercising and feeling totally overwhelmed by it all, sometimes it can be useful to just start with something you know. Our classes are 30 minutes and the small group sessions are just the thing to get you moving. As soon as you start and feel good from that, you’ll want to continue on and get back into your healthy habits.
If a long workout feels like too much, then just commit to working out for one session. A commitment of 30 minutes can be a lot less daunting. Once you are up and moving, you will more than likely keep going. So start with one class and see where you end up.
3. Remember how good it makes you feel.
Sometimes we focus too much on the effort of it, rather than the outcome. The thing with a workout is while it can be hard in the moment, you will always feel absolutely amazing afterwards. So, if you need something to help you refocus and motivate you, just remember that post-workout high. Aside from some sore muscles, you will never regret a workout.
4. Use our app and book your classes.
If you are looking for an excuse to not workout, then you will find an opportunity for a distraction to deter you. That’s why it’s important to clear your schedule and make time specifically for your daily exercise. Make sure it’s scheduled for a time that you won’t get easily distracted. If you know that you get caught up at work in the evenings, then schedule your workout in the mornings. If mornings are too busy, then schedule your workout in the evenings. Pre-book the classes and use this as you weeks plan.
5. Prepare yourself.
What if exercising in the morning used to be your thing, but now you struggle to get up early? Prepare your gear the night before and lay it next to your bed. Put your alarm on the other side of the room so when it goes off, you will have to get out of bed to turn it off. Once you are out of bed and your gym is ready, you may as well get up and go. If you go to the gym after work, place your gym bag next to your desk. This will act as a good reminder of what you have committed to and you will be less likely to back out.
6. Get an exercise buddy.
It’s very easy to pull out of your workout if it’s just yourself you have to answer to. Having a friend, work colleague or family member to workout with is a great way to boost motivation, hold each other accountable and stick to your workout routine. It also adds a social aspect, which brings a little more fun back into working out.
7. Do it for yourself, not anyone else.
“Don’t work-out for anyone else but you.” Being fit and healthy should be about making yourself feel great, having confidence and aiming to be your best. Remember to do this for you, not for anyone else or for how they think you should look. Each time you exercise, know that you have done something good for yourself and celebrate that.
Posted by Maria Lennartz.