For the past couple of months, I’ve completely fallen out of my very active lifestyle and workout routine. I’m pretty sure it’s because of a few reasons: summer travel, insanely hot temps, adjusting to living with people (my family) and a new commute are definitely all factors.
Whatever my reasons are, or whatever yours may be, there are plenty of times our bodies require breaks, and while it’s our duty to listen to what our bodies need, it’s also important we move them. Sitting stagnant at my desk all day, plus commute time, dinner and a show is very unhealthy. If you break down your sit time, you may say the same.
So, how do we get moving again? We’ve got to just do it. Fall is the perfect time to restart a routine – there’s always that back-to-school feeling energy when you’re out of school. Here are six steps to get yourself back in a movement groove:
Set reasonable goals
Honestly, maybe you’re the type of person who could wake up one morning and completely commit to something new. If you are, impressive. I am not that person. I have to build on myself in order to see success. More often than not, when I don’t fully think something through or start a project in a haze of adrenaline, I fizz out really fast. That’s why I’ve set the goal for three days a workweek plus one weekend day for my fall workout schedule.
Join a gym
Not fully necessary, but if there’s a financial obligation involved, you may feel more interested in going. I chose Blink Fitness, as it’s a five minute drive from my parent’s house and is completely affordable. Minimal reasons not go to.
Download an at-home workout plan
Whether it’s Bethany’s be.come, or Kayla’s BBG, there are plenty of at-home workout programs. You can use of these instead of joining a gym, or at the gym.
Get a new workout outfit
Laugh all you want at this point, but the truth is, it’s a motivating shopping experience. I’m currently into the brand Alo Yoga, and love this cap, top and pants – the color is so seasonally appropriate!!.
Walk, walk, walk
Set the goal of 10,000 steps a day, Fitbit or not. I personally do not have a step tracker, but your phone is mildly accurate as long as you keep it with you while you’re moving. I’m making sure to walk to and from the train, do a few city-block laps during lunch (weather permitting), and taking a stroll after work hours. It’s not “cardio,” but it feels good and is a great way to ease back in. I want to start to go for two hour walks a day – regardless of other workout plans – but I’m not quite sure I have that type of free time right now.
Jump right in
While walking eases you back into movement, some people work best diving head first. Maybe you need your butt kicked to show you what you’ve been missing. Sign up for a group fitness class, such as Barry’s Bootcamp or Rumble to really get your workout in. Personally, I’d like to get myself back into a comfortable routine before pushing too hard.