It happened to me. I’ve stopped working out. Not completely but went from 4-5 days a week to 2-3. It all started with a pinched nerve. An injury is a great excuse to not hit the gym and once you fall out of your routine it is really hard to fight your way back. Here are a few tips on how to restart your workout regime.
- Clothes: Do your clothes fit? Cause I am stretching the buttons of my jeans pretty far. It started with not needing to wear a belt to keep them up, which parleyed into sucking in my stomach to get that button to work. So now I walk around slightly uncomfortable as my stomach fat rolls creep over the rim of my jeans. Enough is enough. If you find yourself in this position it is a major wakeup call cause the worse thing is to get used to wearing your clothes uncomfortably, especially when you refuse to buy new clothes to accommodate your weight gain.
- Sleep: Often times when we stop working out our sleep is disturbed. You may find yourself sleeping more or less than usual cause your body and mind are off kilter. If your sleep isn’t your usual routine it is possible your lack of adhering to your usual workout routine has a negative effect on your sleep. Not good. Is insomnia or over sleeping worth cutting down on your workout? No
- Relationships: I know a fair amount of the trainers at my gym and recently a few of them have made comments like “Haven’t seen you in a while.” “Or where have you been? We’ve missed you around here.” Guilt sets in and you find yourself making excuses for your lack of attendance. I feel bad cause I am missed in dance class, or yoga, or muay tai and running into instructors only exacerbates feelings of guilt and the thought that you let people down. So, use those gym relationships to help motivate you to go back to your routine.
Going back to the gym after time away is not easy, yet, I find the best way to cope is to have strategies to make it easier to get back on the horse. Although it can be overwhelming, simply try using one of the three tips above, and slowly but surely you’ll find yourself returning to your regular workout regime.
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