A while ago, I posted a blog on staying healthy on a business trip. In that blog, I asked if people wanted to read a post on how to get back on track when you fall off of your fitness journey.
I haven’t posted that blog yet, not because I haven’t gotten around to writing it but because I am still in the process of getting on track. After I got back from that business trip that I mentioned, I got hired at a new company.
The last month has been whirlwind so; I am still working on getting back to the gym and eating healthy. I’m not beating myself up for falling off of my fitness journey and, you shouldn’t either. Life happens, all you can do is pick yourself up and try again.
One of my biggest struggles this last month was things not falling into place right away. Instead of taking things one step at a time and letting them build naturally, I wanted to be a star at my new job and get right back to where I was in the gym but, that’s not how things work.
Now that I’m aware of that, I’d like to share some of the things that I find helpful. Of course, I am not an expert. I am just trying to be the best version of myself that I can be. If you’re trying to be your best self, you might find some of these things useful as well.
First, I suggest enlisting a friend. We all mess up sometimes so, it’s likely you know someone that also in need of support. You and your friend can sign up for a few classes or register for a new diet plan. Having support is a big motivator. Having someone to hold you accountable won’t make you feel so alone.
Speaking of signing up for classes, I think putting your money where your mouth is a great idea. I don’t know about you, but I hate wasting money. Paying for a class will increase your likelihood of staying committed. A few weeks ago, my friend and I did an Advocare cleanse. The fact that I paid for the supplements and the fact that they were not cheap made me want to commit to eating healthy.
Take your time and ease back into things so, you don’t injure yourself. You don’t have to go so hard on your first day back that you’re unable to move the rest of the week.
Going off of that my last suggestion is to listen to your body. My first few days back in the gym I was very sore so, I rested a little more and drank more water to stay hydrated. After the first few weeks of my new job I began to feel a little under the weather so, I again listened to my body and took a little rest until I was feeling 100%.
Lastly, I suggest mixing things up. I wasn’t finding motivation in the gym so I started running outside. To my surprise, I was able to push myself further on my run outside than I have been able to in the gym.
If you’re finding it hard to get motivated, why not try something new? Try a different type of workout than you’re used to like, kickboxing or a dance class. There are plenty of free or inexpensive options like workout DVDs or YouTube. Who knows? You just might fall in love with something new.
What are some of your tips for getting back on track? What’s your favorite workout?
Thanks for reading!