I used to be super hard-core about working out. Six days a week, 1.5 hours a day—intervals, running, plyometrics, kettlebells, TRX bands, medicine and Swiss balls, jump rope, resistance bands—that was me. I even stepped into a boxing ring for an exhibition bout as part of my gym‘s member Fight Night.
Then, about a year and a half ago, I fell off the wagon. Just kind of burned out. My trainers told me not to worry, that everyone goes through these peaks and valleys in their training, but the key is not to stop working out altogether—just dial it down, or find a new activity to keep my interest piqued. Unfortunately, I never really did that, and what with work and school and other commitments, I let exercise fall by the wayside.
Now, several (ahem) pounds later, I’ve decided it’s time for me to get back on to a regular fitness regimen. Just a little bit every day. Okay, at least five or six days a week. Four minimum! Half an hour, 40 minutes a day. It’s humbling to start back at the beginning, conditioning-wise, but I have to start somewhere.
I figure it’ll be easier to take things day by day, so that each day I can mark the workout as “done” on my calendar, then look back at the accumulation of days and eventually weeks and months to see how I’ve progressed. When I set myself a goal and instead think, Oh, it’s several weeks away, I’ve got time to do it later, then I start putting off workouts ’til tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, until I end up with a bunch of todays with almost no workouts accounted for.
Couldn’t resist a completely out-of-context reference to Macbeth.
I’ve started out by going back to my old gym (evidently I need the structure and accountability of having a class to show up for in order to stick with a routine). Also bought a bike to ride around town and help me sneak in some more cardio that way.
Plus I’m thinking of doing the run/walk program from Women’s Health magazine to get back into running mode. If one of my goals for this year is to run my first half-marathon, then I better get started! But I also want to be careful that I don’t push too hard and injure myself.
More tips for getting back on the workout wagon:
• “Quick Tip: Remember to Start Off Slow” (FitSugar)
• “3 Tips on How to Deal with a Health or Fitness Setback” (Vitamin G)
(Runner photo: Thinkstock via Glamour)