If you are like most people, exercise may not be your number one idea for a fun time. I know there are some out there that LOVE working out, but even they can occasionally fall off the workout wagon too, and need a little something-something to get back at it.
The reasons can be many: illness, injury, jam-packed schedule, boredom, personal trainer moves away, the reasons can be endless. But, what to do when life throws us these curveballs is what's most important.
Here are my top 5 ways to get your workout mojo back!
1. Admit that you fell off the wagon, and the reason why
Admitting there is a problem is the first thing you need to do to get back on track. If it was from an illness or injury, recover and resume your normal activity. Depending on where you were in your fitness and how long you were laid up will depend on how quickly you get back to the level you were at. Start slow and you will be able to quickly return to the pace you were at before. Try to do too much too soon though, you could reinjure yourself or at the very least find yourself quite disappointed.
Same advice goes for you if it was a work or family reason you fell off the wagon. Get yourself back on a decent schedule, or figure out a new schedule that can include SOME sort of workout, and work yourself back to where you were before.
The longer you hold off getting back to your workouts though, the longer you will take getting to the point of fitness you were at originally!
2. Find a workout or accountability buddy
If you know there is someone there who is counting on you meeting with them or someone you agree with to hold one another accountable, you will be less likely to blow off your workouts. Whether you meet in person to go walk the bike trails, you meet via Skype or Google + to do a DVD workout, you have a class you both will be going to or at the very least, you agree to do your own thing and check in with each other later in the day, having someone else there is certainly a great asset to have.
Now, one thing to keep in mind, make sure it's someone who will REALLY hold you accountable! And you need to be the same for them. Because, if you both let each other off the hook, you will stay stuck where you are and will not be able to move on towards your goals!
3. Write down WHY you started to begin with
Sometimes, when you are tired, sore, and just don't feel like it, it's time to revisit WHY you started to begin with. And it has to be a reason that really motivates you, not just wanting to fit into those skinny jean or getting back to the shape you were in college, although those are definitely great goals to have.
It could be so you can play with your kids and not get worn out. It could be because one of your parents are ill because they didn't make the best choices and you don't want to be the same way. It could be because you yourself had a scare and that triggered you making changes in your lifestyle. It has to be strong enough to create an emotional reaction, something that will get you moving when it's the last thing you want to do.
4. Join a challenge
This can be anything: sign up for your first 5K, join the Biggest Loser challenge at work, jump into one of the challenges I have each month. Nowadays, you can find all sorts of challenges that will push you to get started and keep moving. And keep in mind that they will require work, there's no such thing as a quick fix!
Challenges are also great because often times you get to work with a group of people. By the end of the challenge, you are close friends and are celebrating each other's success!
5. Try something new
This is best when boredom is the reason you fell off the wagon. If you are just so over your current workout, try something new! Get a new DVD program, try a new class, find a running group, check out workouts you never thought of before like rock climbing!
Trying something new is a great way to expand your horizons, help you find a passion that made you never knew you had and will also open doors to meeting new people that can become workout buddies. There are so many things to choose from, you just need to find them and take the steps you need to take to try them out!
There you have it! The top 5 ways to get back on the exercise wagon when you fall off. It will happen, but know there are steps to get you back in the game, so you don't have to be out too long.
Questions? Comments? Have other ideas you'd like to share? I'd love to hear from you!