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How to Get Back Into Exercising After a Long Break

Once you make exercising part of your daily routine, it can be easy to stick with it and show up for yourself every day. Staying fit becomes just like any other responsibility, like doing laundry or showing up for a dental appointment.

Unfortunately, it only takes one small change to send your exercise regime crumbling down. This could be the result of an injury, a vacation or holiday, or even just boredom with your routine.

Before you know it, you are completely out of your routine. What do you do? How do you get back into exercising after a long break?

Ease Into It

If you haven’t been exercising for quite some time, then it is always a good idea to start slow. You cannot assume that you can jump right into the same routine you were doing a long time ago without working yourself up to it. For instance, if you have not donned your running shoes in over a year, putting them back on and trying to run 10 miles isn’t a smart idea.

Depending on how long it has been, you may not need to start back as a beginner, but you will want to take the time to work your body back up to where it was before moving forward.

Hire a Nutritional Coach

It can often be a bit easier to get back into the swing of things when you have someone walking you through the process. Sometimes it is tough to regain your traction. If you feel like you are flailing, having a professional guide you on your journey is the best thing you can do for your health.

A nutritional coach will challenge you and help you move past hurdles and old patterns. They will help you to set goals and feel empowered by your choices — all with a clear pattern for success.

Be Ready

Just like meal prep, when you take the time to prepare in advance for your workout, you are more likely to show up for it. And once you start working out, your endorphins will begin flowing and you will start feeling good, making it easy to stay the course.

So, if you have your gym bag in the car, you are more likely to go to the gym after work. If you have your clothes set out the night before so all you have to do is wake up and put them on, you are more likely to go for that run.

The more prepared you are in advance, the less motivation you need to show up for your workout.

Prepare Your Mind

Exercise is as much mental as it is physical. It doesn’t matter how much you try to show up for your workouts —- if your mind isn’t in the game, you will struggle at every turn. You have to be focused on why you are working out and be able to visualize yourself achieving goals. Be sure to take steps to prepare your mind so that you can show up for your body.

The more time and effort you put into setting yourself up for success, the easier it will be to get back into your exercise routine.

The nutrition coaches of Beyond the Box Nutrition take you beyond dieting, helping you to create a balanced lifestyle and a healthy relationship with food with a plan designed to fit your life.