If you’ve been living like a sloth on the couch for several years, a quick glance in the mirror may reveal that you no longer look like the pictures of years ago before you turned into that couch potato.
Given the choice, your body will always try and take the easy way out of being active. Our bodies are designed to conserve energy as much as possible, so it often takes considerable effort to get moving.
Stop making excuses for why you cannot get it done and start focusing on all the reasons why you must make it happen. Undoing years of neglect won’t be easy and when you haven’t exercised in years it will take a bit to get back into the swing of things.
Tips For Getting Back Into The Fitness Routine
- Set realistic goals. In order to feel and stay inspired, you want to feel like you’re getting results. Setting goals are very important but setting realistic goals is crucial. Doing too much too soon can overwhelm you mentally and may eventually feel like too much to deal with, which in return make you feel defeated.
- Don’t forget to stretch. Stretching is incredibly important when you’re getting back into a fitness routine. Stretching can reduce pain and stiffness, enhance your range of motion and may reduce the risk of injury. stretching before and after every workout to help protect muscles and joints, as well as prevent that dreaded next-day soreness.
- Get good Sleep. Working out is most definitely working. You might feel fatigued initially because you are burning more calories and the body is trying to adapt. Just as you should schedule rest days and listen to your body when it comes to your workouts, you’ll also want to prioritize consistently getting enough sleep. Keeping your bedroom a comfortable temperature, and putting those devices away will help you get the restorative slumber your body needs to heal and refuel.
- Try something new. Even for people who love exercise and do it regularly, it’s all too easy for a workout routine to become just that, a routine. Trying something new might be the best way to revive your fitness routine so you’ll actually look forward to working out.
- Be patient and listen to your body. If a certain action or activity hurts, stop doing it immediately. The pain is your body’s way of telling you it is not ready for that activity yet. A little soreness or fatigue after a new workout is normal, but if you’re in any sort of actual pain, stop immediately. Do not push through anything that feels painful.
- Have a great playlist. Listening to upbeat music while working out can reduce the perception of effort and increase endurance by 15%. It helps to feel like you’re not working as much which means you’ll go longer and harder. So, whether you like listening to hip-hop, rap, techno, or pop, keeping your playlists updated is one of the major keys to steady workout motivation.
- Do it for you. Remind yourself daily that being active is for you, not for anyone else or for how they think you should look. Each time you exercise, know that you have done something good for yourself and celebrate that. Being fit and healthy should be about making yourself feel great, having confidence, and aiming to be the best you that you can be.
Changing your lifestyle to include exercise is no easy task and the most important thing you’ll do is adjust your attitude. Thinking about exercise as an obligation will never motivate you to do it. Instead, view exercise like a break from a stressful day, a reward for a body that has worked so hard for you all day long and as something that deserves a reward at the end.
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