Whether you have just had a baby, or your working life has taken priority, getting back into fitness is a huge step and not always an easy one. Most of us have experienced a lull every now and then, and what’s important is recognising how important even a little bit of regular exercise is on our bodies and mental game….. and then getting back into it.
- Start small
Finding time to exercise is hard and knowing where to begin can feel overwhelming. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself too soon. Starting small and starting easy is an effective way to adjust back into the routine as well as adjusting to the impact it has on the body and muscles, especially if it’s been a while. If a weights session at home seems impossible, jump on the treadmill and go for a brisk walk or a light jog instead, just to get moving. As soon as you start with something small and feel good from that, you’ll want to continue on and get back into your healthy habits.
- Commit to five minutes.
Starting small can also mean the amount of time you devote to exercising early on. If a 20 minute session seems like Mount Everest right now, then just take 5 minutes out to get your body moving. Each session you do, increase your workout time to aim for 20-30 minutes each day.
- Feel good feels.
When we think about exercise, the usually think about the effort that’s required to get us through the workout. Instead, why not shift your attention to the outcomes. That is, how the workout makes you feel afterwards, how your feel improves, how much more energy you have, and how proud it makes you feel to be doing this for yourself. Use this to refocus and motivate you each session.
- Allocate time in your schedule.
One main reason why exercise gets pushed to the bottom of the priority list, is that we haven’t made a specific day or time when we are going to commit to it. Clearing our calendar for fitness makes it harder to put it off and helps build it into a regular habit so it doesn’t feel like such a chore.
- Get an exercise buddy.
It’s very easy to pull out of your workout if it’s just yourself you have to answer to. Having a friend, work colleague or family member to come over to your house and workout with is a great way to boost motivation, hold each other accountable and stick to your workout routine. It also adds a social aspect, which brings a little more fun back into working out.
By building up slowly and surely, fitness can feel less daunting and more do-able. Committing to a regular schedule of exercise, creates the healthy habits that end up feeling natural and effortless in the long run.