It may sometimes seem that it’s much more difficult, or even extremely intimidating, to get back into a workout routine after you’ve taken a bit of time off due to illness, injury, vacation, or even a very busy schedule. It’s also extremely easy to lose your motivation and drive, and forget how to dive back into an exercise regimen. Whatever reason you may have for being in a slump, you can bounce back into your workout mode with a few easy steps.
Instead of starting your old routine over again, and getting bored with it, try something new. Find a routine that works for you and makes you happy. Routines you dread will be easier to give up and harder to sustain. If working out with a friend or taking classes excites you, try to do that instead of working alone to reach your goal.
It is extremely important that you don’t try to rush back into a strenuous exercise regimen right away. If you choose to get back into the same routine you’ve tried before, try to slightly modify it. You can then slowly build back up into your old routine, whether you start with a walk to get to a run or lift less weights to add more over time. Make sure to warm up, cool down and stretch during the process to avoid injury.
Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself
Don’t punish yourself or set high expectations that you might not be able to reach, because it will only be detrimental to you. Let go of your feelings of guilt, and replace them with the excitement of starting over again. This will provide encouragement, as well as help you reach your goals faster.
When it comes to getting back on track to push towards your goals, know that your mindset is everything. In order to have a successful workout routine, you need to change the way of thinking that you may have had in the past. If you struggle with finding the motivation and encouragement to get back up and moving, then you need to treat exercise as part of your daily routine and force it to become a habit. Don’t look for excuses, just start your routine. Once you start, your endorphins will begin pumping, and your time working out will fly by.
If you need a little more help getting back into your workout routine, it may be time to look into hiring a personal trainer or having a custom exercise program developed just for you to use at home or at the gym. Personal trainer Ralph Roberts can provide just the help you need.
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