Welcome to another edition of Motivation Monday! Past editions include:
- A good mantra
- One small change
- Kissing frogs
- The art of happiness
- Round up
- Keep holiday pounds away
- Setting smart resolutions
- Try something new
So last week was super exciting… I am back to running! After taking a few weeks off, I was ready to hit the road and get back to starting my day off with a good sweat session.
But the one thing that also happened over those few weeks? Loss of fitness.
I think that is the most annoying part of getting back to exercise. Whether you take time off for vacation, an injury or some other random reason, it can be frustrating to start working out again… only to find that you can’t do what you used to do.
In fact, it can be discouraging. But don’t let it get to you. We’ve all been there at some point, and all you can do is start working on building up your strength again.
Some things to remember when you are getting back in shape:
- It’s OK to be a little bit slower than you are used to, or if it’s related to strength, not being able to do as many reps or as much weight. Let yourself build up your fitness — it took time to lose it, so it’s going to take time to get back to where you were.
- Muscle memory is a great thing! I feel like my body remembers when it used to be fit, so it doesn’t take as much to get back into shape. Don’t get me wrong, you still have to work it… but it can be a little bit easier to bounce back.
- Focus on one day at a time. It can be discouraging to constantly look at where you were and how far you have to go. Instead, look at it one day at a time and small victories.
- Always look on the bright side. It’s going to be tough, but while there may be some discouraging moments (aka walking during a run), look on the bright side of the situation and try to be positive (aka walking during a run = interval training).
- Use it as a time to reassess. While I was sidelined, I had the opportunity to really look at my workouts and what I was doing. Basically, I was running. And that’s it. So now that I’m back, I’m focusing on a little bit more — building up other essential muscles that will make me a stronger runner, less inclined to get injured. While you are building up your fitness, use it as a time to build up other areas where you’ve been weak.
What are your tips for getting back into shape?
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