We all make plans to start a healthy lifestyle at some point in our lives. When we get to it, we begin motivated and full of energy. However, after some time some of us fall off and gradually stop working out at all. It might be just life getting in the way or binging on sweets that make you feel like there is no point in continuing. No matter what happened, here is a list of things you need to do in order to get back on track with your workouts and get the results you have always wanted!
1. Remember why you started
Think about what made you want to change up your lifestyle and start working out more regularly. Was it to get healthy and lose that couple of extra pounds, or maybe you have a special occasion you need to fit in a tight dress for? Whatever it was, think about it again and write it all down. You have started this journey before and must have had good reasons that are probably still valid to this day. Having them on paper will help you not only remember them but visualise them even better.
2. Forgive yourself for all mistakes and move on
If you fell off track with your workout schedule because of mistakes you have made, try to forgive yourself for them. You are only human after all and won’t do everything perfectly all the time. What you can do is learn from the mistakes you have made. Analyse what happened and what you can do in the future to prevent it.
3. Update your workout schedule to fit your life schedule
Sometimes we fall off track because we simply are tired and just can’t be bothered. Go through your plan for the week and see what days you can workout and what days will be better if you simply go back home. If you are not a morning person there is no way you will wake up at 6 AM to go jogging before uni or work. Be realistic. Remember that you don’t have to have specific days to work out if your schedule is not super consistent. What is more, you don’t have to go to the gym every day, remember that if there is a week that allows you to work out only once it is still better than nothing.
4. Get a health journal
I am the last person to recommend calorie counting and weighing yourself every week. It can get easily out of control and mess up with your mental health. However, keeping a journal and writing everything down will hold you a little bit more accountable for what are you doing. In there you can write and describe your cravings, bad days or weak workouts. It will help you stay on track. What is great you can also set on there some challenges and goals and write down your plan to get there. Maybe you want to learn to do splits or run 10k. Whatever it is write it all down and document your journey to get there!
5. Just start
If you have been working out for some time before, you know how easy it is to get yourself into a specific routine. With a little bit of patience, you will be working out regularly in no time. The only thing you actually have to do is start – get your butt off the couch and go for a walk or straight to the gym. As soon as the endorphins will hit you, you will end up wanting more!
Good luck! Do you workout regularly? What are your ways to get back on track? Let me know in the comments down below!
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Alexandra Smith is majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Creative Writing. In her free time, she enjoys running, hanging out with family friends, and roaming the world with her camera in hand.