It’s always difficult to get motivated to exercise once you’ve taken some time off.
I’ve experienced this myself recently after having a couple of weeks out the gym…
I’ve been busy with TF, Travelling, and also had 2 conferences to attend in the past 4 weeks.
Now I’ve been productive, had a lot of fun (see pic below) and I’ve also managed to get a couple of runs in here and there, but it’s nothing compared to my normal exercise routine.
Not to mention the fact that my diet hasn’t been the best during this period…
So today I am sharing my best tips which I use myself to get motivated again and get back in to the swing of training after some time out:
1- Accept you slipped up.
It’s easy to bullshit yourself and say you’ve been mega busy etc but the reality is if I REALLY wanted to get in a gym I could of done… There’s nothing wrong wiht taking time off from time to time but don’t lie to yourself
2- Start slow – Dust the cobwebs off
Don’t try and make your first session back a ridiculously intense one. It’s harder to get motivated mentally, and it’s also difficult on your body physically. You’ll be overly sore if you go for a big session and this will prevent you from getting another session in within the few days. Do less weight, less reps or less total sets.
3- Trick yourself
Half the battle with getting back in routine is actually bringing yourself to get through the gym door! Don’t commit to your usual 45 or 60 minute session (this may be a bit too much for the lazy side of your brain to commit to).
In your mind, prepare yourself for a simple 15 minute gym workout. This TEENY TINY psychological tactic makes it so much easier to get through the gym door. Once you’re there you can either do your 15 min workout or stick around a little bit longer if u fancy it.
4 – Build momentum
Tied in with the above points, DO NOT go too intense on your first session back. Aim for multiple shorter workouts and try to make them within 1 or 2 days of each other.
Remeber Isaac Newton’s Law “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion”
The goal is to get the object (yourself) in motion (exercising). Once you’re moving it’s easier to continue.