It’s not always easy to keep up your gym routine. One day off is usually negligent. However, if that one day turns into five days and then into two or three weeks you may find it much more difficult getting back your fitness. Certain life circumstances can leave you unable to exercise or be able to find the time in your busy schedule. The longer you stay inactive, the scarier the thought of running can be. LS gives you our Top 5 ways to get back your fitness and into the gym. We want to help get your mind in the right place. You’ll soon remember how amazing exercise feels. You just have to be brave and get started.
- Build your fitness without thinking about it. When you get fit having fun you don’t think twice about the hard work. Playing group sports or working out with a friend is a much easier way to get your fitness back than beginning at it alone. Once you have moderate fitness, it is easier to transition into a gym routine – one which you will enjoy much more when you not completely unfit. Ease into it the fun way. Look at joining sports clubs or night competitions for group sports.
- Don’t be scared of a Personal Trainer. Sessions with a personal trainer are one of the safest and effective ways of getting you back into your gym routine. With the time out from exercise, muscles can weaken. If you go too hard too soon you can cause serious injury. Personal Trainers will help ensure you do not injure yourself and will advise the appropriate exercises to do when starting out again. They will also help remind you of certain exercises you could have forgot about in your time off! 3-4 sessions with a PT is a perfect amount to get back into the swing of things.
- Try a run then walk approach. If the thought of running 5km tonight scares you, you’ll be less likely to leave the house. Instead think of your fitness in baby steps. It’s ok to run 2 km and then walk for a break. As long as you keep moving, your fitness will gradually build. Fitness can come from interval training so you don’t need to feel pressured about running a long distance non-stop. Once you feel comfortable with your level of fitness it will be easier to transition into a gym workout or onto the treadmill.
- Look at your diet. If you are eating well you will be more likely to exercise and get back into your gym routine. Eating that chocolate bar or packet of chips can make you feel guilty. It can especially make you feel as though your workout was a waste, making you less likely to repeat your workout the next day. Instead, focus on your diet first. Eating well will make you feel good about your self from the inside and will give you more energy to get back into the gym. Ensure you are drinking adequate water throughout the day. This will contribute to your energy levels and will help flush out toxins and fat from the body when eating healthy.
- Walk wherever you can. Take the stairs, walk or cycle to and from work. If you need to pick up some essentials from down the road, drop the car keys and walk instead. Every day activities can increase your fitness without you knowing. By taking the stairs every time you’ll slowly build your muscle mass.