Yesterday I got a text from a good friend:
Trisha and I met right after Shoo was born and immediately clicked. She was there as I worked off all of the baby pounds (and literally ran from postpartum depression). She rolled her eyes at me as I became addicted to races. She supported my crazy decision to run a marathon (and even offered to watch my kids so I could get my runs in.) So, it made me feel good that she reached out to me to help her get back in shape.
I called her and shared all of the suggestions I could think of (because really she doesn’t need to hire me, she just needs a cheerleader and I’ll do that for free.)
What I suggested:
- Find a time in your schedule that works for you – don’t worry about what the “experts” say. Look at *your* schedule and find a time that you are most likely to do something.
- Schedule it – make an appointment with yourself to workout. Trust me, 30 minutes of sweat time a few times a week is just as important (if not more so) as getting the oil changed in your car.
- Do whatever activity/movement *you* enjoy – Just because everyone around you raves about running or the new Zumba class doesn’t mean that’s what you need to do.
- Try something new – can’t figure out what you want to do or stuck in a rut? Take advantage of the many “deals” that are going around to try something that’s out of your comfort zone. Who knows, you may love it. And if you don’t, you’ve only wasted a small amount of money and you’ve still gotten your sweat on.
- Every little bit counts and be proud of every positive choice you make – fitness is not an all or nothing choice, despite what many people seem to preach. Small choices like eating a piece of fruit instead of a cookie or choosing to walk up the stairs a few extra times DO add up, especially when you are just getting back at it.
- Find a challenge – either set a goal for yourself, find a online challenge (I’m doing HBBC and 30 for 60), or get a group of girlfriends to compete. Whatever helps keep you moving, especially over the holidays.
- Find a partner or a cheerleader – if you like working out with someone, find a person to run or walk or go to the gym with. If not, enlist a friend or family member to help hold you accountable.
What are your tips for getting back in the exercise habit after a break? I know that sometimes I just have to force myself to do it.