Work commitment, overtime, sickness, family obligations, or a long holiday are all common reasons for taking a break from your regular exercise routine. And sometimes the effort to get going again almost seems too much… well… effort!
Here’s some tips on how to get going again after a break:
1. Convenience: Whatever type of exercise you prefer, you’re more likely to do it if it fits into your daily routine and doesn’t require much effort to take part in. For example, find a gym close to work so you can go before work in the morning, or one close to home you have to drive past on the way home anyway.
2. Buddy-up: One of the best ways to get going again after a sabbatical is to find a friend to join you. Not only will this keep you motivated during your workouts, but you’re less likely to miss a session or class if you have someone waiting for you.
3. Affordability: If you stopped exercising because you couldn’t afford the gym fees or classes anymore, find something that fits your budget. Most running and cycling clubs offer a small annual fee to join and then meet weekly as a club to work out together. Or check out your local churches and community centres for group exercise classes as these are generally cheaper than a gym.
4. Dress the part: A little revamp of your gym clothes wardrobe can really help that motivation to exercise – if you look the part you’ll feel the part.
5. Find your fit: If you stopped exercising because you were bored and unmotivated by your routine, shake it up! Try out some different classes, most small gyms and studio’s welcome newcomers to try out a class for free, so be adventurous and find a style of exercise that you will enjoy and you’ll be more inclined to continue with it. From CrossFit to belly dancing to dodge ball to Pilates, the options are endless and you might surprise yourself with what you enjoy the most.
If however your break from exercise was due to illness, make sure you check with your doctor before you head back to the gym and if possible, engage the services of a qualified personal trainer to get you started safely and progress you according to your current fitness level, adhering to your doctor’s guidelines.