Have you been procrastinating on working out and convincing yourself you will get started tomorrow no matter what happens? If that is the case, you’ve come to the right place, welcome to the club. I know and truly understand what it is like to have a task nag you all around the clock but you just can’t get yourself to get started. I’ve been there too and trust me when I say, it took me AGES to get down to working out again. It was only after I got started that I figured what hindrances were standing in my way. For which reason, I am going to try my utmost best to help you get out of the place that you are presently stuck in. All of the following tips and techniques are tried and tested, therefore, you have nothing to stress about.
Stop beating yourself up about it
I know what you might be thinking, okay but how is this going to help me start working out again? The mindset you have makes a tremendous difference in how you view a particular activity which in turn decides how you feel about it. You didn’t work out for a whole season, heck even a whole year, so what? Is it too late to get started? No, it isn’t. It is never too late to get started. The fact that you are concerned about not being able to work out for whatever given is enough reason for you to believe that you have the urge and the passion it takes. All you need is a push and once you twist and change your perspective from ‘having wasted time’ to ‘having taken a break’, you’re already halfway there! So put on a brave smile, give yourself a big warm hug and feel proud of yourself.
When I say organizing the task you are about to do beforehand eases it to great lengths for you, I have never meant anything more. This opinion is not only confined to working out but is generalized to all activities. However, I believe it particularly has a large role in the life and approach of someone who is getting back on track in terms of working out. If you haven’t planned your routine before getting started, you may often find yourself stuck thinking about where to get started. To untie the knots inside your mind grab a notebook, a pen, and get down to sketching a schedule for yourself. While you do so, be mindful of the fact that you do not have to start vigorously. After all, baby steps are what ultimately lead you to success. Plan according to your body state and how much time it would take for you to tune right back in.
If you believe, you will only be able to go for a short run, in the beginning, go for it, it is beyond perfect at the stage where you presently are! Get on your toes to run a few km on your mind and you’ve aced it. It will be no time before you have a lengthy schedule at hand just like you used to.
I would call this factor the turning point for me. Despite trying out several other ways, my mind and body were both clear in their decision of not moving an inch from the coach. That is when I decided to get new workout equipment for myself and it worked wonders for me. It restored my belief in the literary statement, ‘little things matter the most. Similarly, I would advise you to go on a workout shopping spree. Get all the new accessories that you can afford. Additionally, prepare a playlist for your workout routine as well. Doing so will automatically want you to get rolling the next morning. You can thank me later!
Some people might argue that going about this doesn’t exactly mean you are ready to work out again. In response to that, as I mentioned above, all you need is a push. If the enthusiasm to use the things you spent your hard-earned upon plays the role of a push, good for us! Once you have begun with your previously planned schedule, sticking to it will likely be easier. Whereas, getting on with it in the first place is the real challenge. Therefore, trust me on this one! Notwithstanding, if this fails to be the nudge you needed, there is no need to be disheartened, simply read on.
Set goals for each day
This technique is not too different from designing a schedule. It is only more focused on the steps that you are taking from one day to another. Think of it as mathematical equations that are only solved through factorization which requires breaking them down into tiny factors. Like them, your workout schedule may only be put to practical implication once it is even further broken down into tiny blocks. To put the concept into illustration, at the start of each day, decide a goal that you are to reach no matter what. If your goal is to do 5 to 10 sit-ups on a Tuesday, your focal point will shift from what you have to do the next day to the present moment and ultimate aim.
You deserve to have days off just as much as the next person does
This is the key point you need to engrave in your mind once you make up your mind, to begin with, your schedule again. More times than not, we measure our worth and the rest we deserve by the amount of work we do. Similar is the case with working out which is exactly what you need to break free of. You are to take breaks even if you aren’t presently in equilibrium with your prior routine. Unlike common perception, there are major downsides of not taking days off. If you refuse to take the rest of your own free will, your body will choose when you do. Particularly, as a beginner, if you overwork yourself it wouldn’t be a matter of astonishment if you end up with sore muscles. To be rid of this preceding issue to a great extent, it would be the most feasible if you plan set rest days for yourself in the routine you design. In that manner, there will be no falling short of self-expectations or losing sight of your goal. Lastly, remember not to repeatedly think of exercising on your cheat days, you will have plenty of other days to put your mind to it.
Understanding and adapting to the habits that are associated with working out
It is essential to understand that working out is a lifestyle. It will have an impact on how active or lazy your days are, the intake of food you have, and how your mental health is. For this reason, for the sake of your newly returned lifestyle and routine, pay attention to the related factors as well. Matters related to health care of the most significance. If you think you are a healthy eater, once you start working out, you might want to double the amount of protein and iron-rich foods you eat. Lessening the amount of fast food and processed food you consume will also drastically help you stay more active and consequently be comparatively better at performing the exercises in your schedule.
Begin with cardio
If you throw yourself into a plan that is complicated and exceedingly demanding, you might find yourself less motivated to take the challenge on. I am not saying you should abandon exercises that require greater physical strength i.e. physical fitness exercises. Nevertheless, I am suggesting, as I did so before, to start simple. And for that matter, nothing could be simpler than cardio, as far as working out is a concern. As a bonus, not only are they easier if put in comparison but can also play a role in stretching your stamina. When I say it doesn’t get easier than this, take my word for it. I would advise you to kick start with cardio in your introductory days of getting back to claim the throne that once belonged to you. Be that as it may, if you find it exhausting to perform cardio exercises, we have just the solution for you. You may go for minibreaks in between your exercise i.e. if you go for a run, take breaks to maintain your stamina after a said number of km. Then onwards, increase the gap time between each break you take.
You are going to do an exemplary job and there is no hurdle or obstacle big enough to stop you. I wish you the very best of luck!