With our daily lives continuously changing over the last year, with new responsibilities, less opportunity for healthy habits, and so many barriers, keeping a routine has been tough – especially when it comes to fitness. However, as the season changes, you might feel the kick to get back into the swing of things, here are a few suggestions for getting back into a fitness and activity routine:
Consider Your Goal
What are you trying to accomplish? Are you trying to be healthier, gain muscle, lose weight, get in better shape? State a goal for yourself and determine your why. This will help keep you accountable and motivated to accomplish it! Remember to use the SMART method of goal setting, ensuring your goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound.
Start at Night
Each day is a fresh start, but you can get a jump start on motivation by starting at night. You can begin your fresh start the right foot by getting into a routine the night before. Wash your face, brush your teeth, floss, and get to bed on time. You will already begin to feel accomplished, plus refreshed and ready to go to begin your journey the next day!
Do Something You Enjoy
If you hate your workout, you are likely going to stop doing it. Find a workout that you actually enjoy doing, and it will stick. If you don’t have one, set a goal to try new things! Go for a walk in a park, ask a friend to go play tennis, try a Pilates class, or take up yoga.
It’s simple, but it’s easier said than done, right? A lot of people think motivation is something that happens to you. To some people, it might be, but in reality, most people find motivation once they start. If you can find the strength to take the first step, the motivation will soon follow. When you hit goals, when you make progress, and when you feel better!
Celebrate the Wins
Slow and steady wins the race. Rather than aiming to change everything overnight, remember that true change comes from sustainable habits. This might mean the weight comes off slower, but you lose more overtime. Or you’re not running as far as you want, but you’re improving every day. Be sure to monitor your progress and celebrate the wins. Moving your body is reason enough to celebrate! Thank yourself for all that you do.
Always remember to stay safe, listen to your body, and give yourself time to recover. I hope these tips help!