Getting back to fitness after a long break can feel daunting. The spring and early summer of 2022 have been a welcome respite from the last two years of Covid. People are making the most of their freedom from restrictions, and the world is finally getting back to normal. With the is the usual hustle and bustle of rushing around.
Finding the time and motivation to get back to fitness is the first hurdle you have to overcome before starting back. Here are 5 of our top tips for easing yourself back into fitness after a break.
Join a Gym
This seems like an obvious one, but joining a gym can help with the motivation to work out. As you are paying for a monthly membership, you will more likely attend. Gym times are flexible as well, making it easier than ever to attend early in the morning or even a bit later in the evening. It also helps with overall cost as you are not paying for workout gear.
If you’re not a fan of working out alone, there are also classes you can attend with others that will help with motivation. Find a class you think will benefit you and set the goal of attending twice a week.
Be Kind To Yourself
Be kind to yourself. Don’t expect miracles within weeks. If you have let things slide for a while, cut yourself some slack and allow time to get back to you some kind of fitness. Having said that, you will see positive results within weeks, even if it is just feeling lighter, more content, and proud of yourself. That good feeling will keep you motivated to keep going. Working out is more than just weight loss, as it is proven to help with your mood and happiness.
Change It Up
Don’t be afraid to mix it up. Get bored easily in the gym? There’s no need to keep doing the same workout. There are many different things to choose from. If you get bored with any routine after a couple of weeks, change it up. Make a workout routine that varies each time and focuses on different aspects of your fitness. You can even work with a personal trainer to get a more tailored workout suited to your needs.
It’s important to be careful when you’re getting back to fitness. Be mindful of your past injuries. If you are aware of any old injuries, let your PT know and take them into account. There is no point in starting with a routine that will aggravate past injuries and leave you falling behind on your goals. Be honest with yourself, be kind and gentle. You will achieve good fitness in time.
Acknowledge Your Achievements
Praise yourself for your achievements. Whatever it is in life you’re aiming for, break it down into manageable chunks and allow yourself some praise when you have achieved another milestone. Want to lose weight? Weight loss of 1lbs per week is sustained and permanent. Aim for this and give yourself a pat on the back when you are on the scales next. Aiming for a specific race or event? Ask your PT to break down the journey there and give yourself kudos for every stage mastered.
Finally, simply have fun. Enjoy moving your body; enjoy doing something you haven’t done in a long time (or maybe have never done before). Love asking that little bit extra from your body; enjoy the positive response. Don’t give up. Never give up. This is the first day of the rest of your life. You have all this time to look forward to and to improve how you feel. Simply love your body.