During the last weeks I have been completely busy travelling and working and have neglected my usual workout sessions and runs. Now I’m slowly getting back to and should I be honest? It’s horrible. As long as sports are a routine and something that you do every day, it’s easy. But getting back to working out after a break feels really hard! Suddenly you realise how exhausting sports really are!
And as this is what I’m going through at the moment and I’m quite sure I’m not alone, I thought I’d share my tips on how to get back on track.
Begin with something you enjoy. I, for instance, love to run. So to get back to exercising, I have started with running.
Small steps. Even though you had planned a 10k-run for today, that’s not what you should start with. You can also skip the Tabata-class and do some easy functional training instead. That’s much healthier for your heart, shouldn’t give you as much muscle pain the next day and makes it a lot easier.
Planning. Planning is really important for me, when it comes to getting back to my routine. Right after being ill, I started with sports that I like. After that I had to take my calendar and properly plan the next sessions.
Workout dates. You think it’s hard to get motivated? Then sign up for a class or plan a running date with your friend. This way you definitely won’t stay at home!
Preparation. One thing, that really helps me, is when I choose and lay out my workout outfit the day before already. And then on the day itself, I already put it one hours before. At some point I will feel stupid running around in my workout gear – and instead of taking it off, I will get busy! (PS.: this running outfit is by New Balance click here to find the wind jacket, tights and shoes!)
Don’t think, just do it! Take it easy, but sitting around wondering if you should do sports or not doesn’t help – during that time you would have brought an easy run behind you already!
Increase. After a long break it’s the smartest to start with a easy, shorter run and an easy whole body workout. That’s how your body can slowly adapt to the activity. Also I suggest you start with only 60-80% of the weights that you usually use. Otherwise you’ll be very sore the next day!
We’re all different, our breaks are all different, our flus and injuries and workouts are all different. The same rules don’t count for everyone, so listen to your body and let it tell you what’s good for you!
Don’t forget to warm up! That’s extremely important now to adjust your body to the workouts.
So, now I of course hope that you haven’t been too busy or even ill and don’t have to get back to exercising, but in case you were, I really hope that my tips help you. But always remember, that you’re working out for a fit, healthy and happy lifestyle and don’t be too harsh with yourself!
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