So, you took one day off. And then another. And now it’s been a week, and your gym shoes are sitting in neglect by your door and your Crush workout guide hasn’t been opened since last Friday.
And you think: why bother? I’ve already gone off track this long, all that hard work has amounted to nothing.
The thing is, we’re only human. Sure, we might like the idea of working out 6 days a week, of churning out Soul Cycle classes like it’s no big deal, of leaving the gym drenched in sweat after every workout. But, at the end of the day, that’s unrealistic.
Life gets in the way. Friends have birthday dinners after work. We are in desperate need of that extra hour of sleep in the morning. Our day didn’t go as planned. These things happen, workouts get missed, and life moves on.
But it’s keeping ourselves from letting these “setbacks” prevent our future workouts that’s key. So, here are my tips for getting back on track:
- Don’t go in thinking it’s all or nothing: if you adapt the idea that you have to go to the gym 6 days a week or it’s not “worth it”, or that taking a few days off means all your hard work is rendered meaningless, you won’t be progressing forward, mentally or physically. Life is flexible and working out should be to.
- Enter each week with a goal in mind: whether that’s walking to work or school instead of driving, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or making it to the gym 3 days in a given week, setting goals can help us jump back on track. Write them out, tap them into your cell phone, lock them into your head. It’s the little things like crossing items off your list that make all the difference in the end.
- Start back with your favorite workout: pick out your favorite class, try out Zumba with a friend, workout your favorite muscle group. Sometimes our general nerves and anticipation about getting back into things can deter us from action. But, beginning with something you actually love doing will make things all the more fun.
- Put on your favorite gear: never underestimate what putting on your Nike gym shoes and your favorite Crush t-shirt will do for your confidence. It’s amazing what simply changing into workout clothes can do for our motivation.