Taking time off from the gym is a natural part of every person's life, but how do you get back on track after being away? Here are some great tips from our Coaches on getting motivated and back into a routine after time away.
Coach Jayme: Sometimes falling out of a healthy routine is tough to dive right back into the way you maybe left it. It can feel deflating looking back on "what used to be" before you fell off track. This is okay! You'll get back on track if you start off by setting small goals to work your way back into your old routine! Set maybe 1 or 2 achievable goals you know you can manage (ex: attending 3 classes a week and making sure you're not having refined sugars in your diet). Once you've nailed the smaller goals, then start adding the "extra" (ex: maybe adding a 4th or 5th session into your week's workouts, staying late after class to work on weaknesses or refining even further a healthier diet that you used to be on). I find it most helpful to getting back on track when I make plans with friends! See what class a friend is taking and sign-up for the same one and tell them your goals to help keep you accountable and to regain the motivation you need to getting yourself back on track.
Coach Sam: My advice, make yourself the small, simple, achievable goal of just getting back to the gym once. That's it! Don't worry about the daunting process of "getting back into shape". Make it here once, great you've achieved your goal, now just rinse and repeat. The mind handles small goals better. Just make the goal to get back into the gym once, we can go from there.
Coach Steve: Lately, I’ve kinda been notorious for taking unwanted extended breaks. Keep it simple, come to class, recover, repeat. You’re not any less fit, you’re just not used to the discomfort that comes with exercise. Reach out to the people who you used to train with, they’ll keep you accountable. Last, just try to enjoy your self.
Coach Jeff: Taking time off to enjoy yourself is something everyone should do. As soon as you're back, get back to the routine, don’t worry about waiting for Monday or feeling like you need to get back to your regular work and eating schedule, just showing up will make you feel great and no need to worry about losing fitness... a few classes to catch up and you’ll be right back to where you left off!