With summer at an end, chances are that your holidays may have led to the abandonment of healthy routines. Beer at the pool or lots of burgers and desserts at BBQs may have thrown routine eating habits off the rails a bit. As a result, your scales have moved upwards and the reality has set in that it’s time to get back to healthy living.
So, the question is how do you get back into your routine?
Here are some of my tips on how to restart your exercise habit and get back into it.
Start with something realistic
If you are really struggling to get back into exercise and feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all, it can be useful to just start with a small goal. If doing a big weights session at the gym is too much, then get outside and go for a brisk walk or a light jog to get moving. As soon as you start with something small and feel good from that, you’ll want to continue on.
Commit to 30 minutes
If a long workout feels like too much, then just commit to working out for 30 minutes. A commitment of half an hour is a lot less daunting than a full workout. Once you are up and moving, you will more than likely keep going. Why not look at HIIT workouts that on average are under 30 minutes. I teach Metafit and Metapwr, which are ideal to quickly boost your fitness without needing a huge commitment of time on your part.
Remember how good it makes you feel
Don’t focus too much on the effort of it, focus on 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.
Put it in your diary
It’s important to clear your schedule and make time specifically for your exercise otherwise you will find an opportunity not to workout. Make sure it’s scheduled for a time that you won’t get 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.
Get an exercise buddy
Making a commitment to someone else or even signing up to attending exercise classes is a good way to boost motivation. You have something to be accountable to, it adds a social aspect and can bring the fun back after the post-holiday blues.
Do it for yourself
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.