It happens to the best of us. Trying to do too much too soon, from daily cardio and the intense low carb diet to trying to lift weights five days a week. Often when we fall, we fall hard — think ice cream, booze and ditching the gym in favor of the television. Rather than take two steps back for every lapse in dietary judgment, accept the missteps as part of the process, and stop wallowing in your failures. Here are some steps to getting back into the swing of things, as well as preventing your next burnout.
Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself
Rather than frame your thinking with negativity, take solace in the fact that all is not lost. The benefits of working out will likely hang around for at least two weeks after you stop, and once you start again, you’ll likely find it easier than when you started your routine from scratch. Take it easy for the first couple sessions and try to make some healthy swaps to your current diet. One step at a time.
Make it Easier to Workout
Building workouts into your schedule like going for a run during your lunch hour or working out at home while you check your emails or call your mom or listen to public radio can be a good way to get back into the swing of things in a way that doesn’t involve a reshuffling other priorities every time you want to burn some calories. Download a yoga app or invest in a treadmill. The Sole F80 is a great addition to any home gym, offering Bluetooth connectivity and more to help you track your workout right from your phone.
Grab a Friend
A good support system is key in helping you succeed in all aspects of life, even your workouts. Bring a friend to the gym or train for a race with a group of colleagues. Get to know the people at your gym, and take advantage of all the great benefits that come with being part of a community — you’ll be held accountable for your actions, competition will inspire hard work, and best of all, you’ll have more fun.
Buy Some New Workout Clothes
Sure, there’s plenty of people who will argue that the current trend of high-end workout clothes is silly, but there’s no denying that getting some new running shoes, or a flattering pair of yoga pants doesn’t offer some motivation to get back in your fitness groove — research even backs it up. If you can afford it, go shopping and invest in becoming healthier. That old shirt from college isn’t doing you any favors.
Don’t Forget to Have Fun
Try something new from time to time. If you get bored easily, consider signing up for a gym that offers multiple classes or start enlisting friends to go on some outdoor adventures here and there. If you’re not the kind of person who enjoys lifting weights indoors, look for something that better suits your personality. Habits will stick more easily when you’re doing something you love.