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After my half marathon in May I struggled a lot to get back on track with my workouts. I just couldn’t get back into it. I had my goal for the fall half however it was such a long time away in my head that I struggled with kicking it into gear again and getting back into training. I feel like a lot of us struggle with this at some point in time though. Whether it is after a goal is accomplished, such as a race, or after a big life event/holiday. I think the biggest one is usually holiday weekends.
How to get back on track with exercise
1. Cut back from what you were doing before your hiatus
Just because you were doing all those HIIT workouts and running 30 miles a week doesn’t mean you still can. We lose our fitness ability quickly. Much faster in fact than it takes to get it there in the first place. If you have taken off more than a couple of weeks you should scale back from what you were doing before the break. Give your body time to adapt again and catch back up to where you were. Mentally this is tough but physically it is necessary. Not only will it help you to stick with getting back into the habit but it will also help prevent injury.
2. Don’t beat yourself up about the break, just move on.
Don’t dwell on the missed time and lost fitness, it doesn’t help. Trust me, I know. I am the queen on dwelling and my husband always tells me “let it go”. If your are beating yourself up about missed workout weeks you aren’t going to feel too motivated to get back into it. The more you dwell the more you probably convince yourself that it is too late now to get back in the game. NO IT ISN’T! The sooner you move on and get moving again the better!
3. Make sure your diet is supportive too
Usually, at least for me, when my exercising gets off track so does my eating. You aren’t going to feel up to par if your eating makes you sluggish. You also aren’t going to be making the progress you want if you aren’t eating right. That’s all I’m going to say on that topic for today.
4. Hire a coach (like me)
Sometimes for a few weeks you need a coach or support group to get going again. Shoot me an email to find out about my coaching opportunities to help you get back on track or my challenge group network!
5. Schedule your workouts!
I have my workout calendar/plan everywhere. For real. It is in my #bulletjournal on my corkboard in my workout room, a digital copy of it on my google drive, AND my running schedule is digitally on my Garmin Connect. 4 places. I have my workout plan scheduled out in 4 places. This is my biggest lifesaver of keeping me on track. Actually since I post my weekly schedule on here (follow along and use the hashtag #ASFitLife when you do on instagram) I guess I have it in 5 different places. Accountability!
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