How to Get Back Into Working Out – After a Hiatus
Okay Dreamers, we’ve ALL been there. That point where you start thinking about the last time you worked out, and you literally have to do MATH to figure it out. Whether you’ve been taking a break of two weeks, two months, or two years, it can be incredibly daunting to get back on the fitness train. Maybe it’s because we know how incredibly hard it can feel to build up endurance and see results. Or perhaps it’s just the fact that it HURTS in the beginning. Actually, let’s be honest, it hurts pretty much all the damn time. But if you’re wondering how to get back into working out, we’ve got some tips to lessen the stress, and who knows, maybe even make it enjoyable.
How to Get Back Into Working Out
Remember Why You Love it
One of the top ways on our list of how to get back into working out is to remind yourself why you’re doing it. Why do you love it? Why do you love to hate it? Who is your motivation? Is it your kids? Your health? Your happiness? Do you just love the way it feel to have more energy and more confidence?
If you don’t know why, it’s hard to throw motivation behind it. Especially in the first few weeks, since the initial progress can feel painfully slow. So whether you have to make a huge ass motivation board with sparkly inspiring quotes that you hang in your doorway, or just set that alarm a little earlier every morning, remind yourself WHY you wanted this in the first place. Then think about that reason EVERY damn day. Motivation is a fickle bitch, and she won’t always be there for you. But YOUR driving power is not motivation, it’s the why.
One of the biggest mistakes we hear from people when they ask us how to get back into working out, is that they expect to be right back where they were at their peak. This is not going to happen. And while it’s wildly frustrating when you are on your back winded after a 1 mile run, you simply can’t expect yourself to rock out 10 miles after taking six months off. IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.
You need to start slow. Like, slower than you’d even think was effective. If you try to jump back into training too fast, you’ll risk injury or burn out. Neither of those things is going to help you get back into working out any quicker. Meet your body where it’s at, not where you want it to be. If you’re patient and consistent, you will get there. Regardless of where ‘there’ is, you WILL get there.
And be patient. It’s going to take a few weeks for you to start noticing changes. It won’t happen overnight. But it is happening. Trust the process. If anything is tried and true, it’s the process of bettering your mind, body, and soul through nutrition and fitness.
Nourish Your Body
We can pretty much promise you that if you try feeding your body crap while you’re attempting to get back into fitness, you’re not going to get the results that you want. You’ll feel slow, sluggish, and unmotivated. We don’t think you need to go super strict, no cheat meals no nothing, but you DO need to be feeding your body the fuel it needs to grow, and power yourself through workouts.
So make an effort to eat lots of fruit and veggies, whole grains, lean sources of protein, and cut back on the sugar, dairy, and alcohol. Honestly, you’ll be blown away by how big of a change you’ll see from these dietary changes alone. And when you have tons of extra energy and you feel great, it makes working out a whole lot easier.
Find a Program/Schedule That Works For YOU
Some people can hit the gym for two hours, or drop in for a double dose of hot yoga. Others can only stand to get their heart rate going for 30 min max. Decide what works for YOU. Do you need a full 60 minutes to pull your thoughts together and reset? Great. Set aside that hour for yourself and make it count. Only have 30 minutes after you’ve put the kiddos to sleep and are already exhausted? Then 30 minutes of yoga might be all you can muster that day.
Find a program and a schedule that works for YOUR life. Who cares if Cindy goes to yoga every day of the week and can bend like Gumby? You’re not Cindy. You’re you. And you might just need a quick 30 minute jog or a group class to get you going. Don’t think about what works for someone else. The more you connect with your routine, the easier it will be to stick with it.
Be Kind to Yourself
This may be one of the most important tips of how to get back into working out. DO NOT berate yourself or knock yourself down for being ‘out of shape’ or ‘not where you used to be’. Embrace where you are at this very moment. Be grateful that your body is healthy enough to begin working out again. Even though the process is slow, just enjoy it. One of the most gratifying feelings in the world is looking back at all the hard work you’ve put in, and seeing the results of your labor. But if you’re too busy criticizing yourself in the mirror and getting frustrated because you can barely crank out 5 push ups, you’ll miss this process.
Thank your body for everything it does for you, and we promise that you’ll approach this journey in a whole new light.