I'm starting to relate to how new moms, or moms in general, fall out of a "me first" mentality and prioritize their little ones over everything. I've been off my workout regime for 4 weeks and itching to getting back into it. But, the thought of working out on top of my already exhausting day seems daunting. Not to mention, leaving my girl behind while I focus on me seems a little selfish. But, I know how important it is to put me first so that others, including her, benefit from it.
My happiness is dependent on it.
So, I took a moment to think about how I've bounced back from a lull in the past. What I came up with was a simple 5 step plan to ease back into my fitness routine by just moving my body again.
5 Steps To Ease Back Into A Fitness Routine
1. Map out your plan.
I thought about what I wanted to get back into this go around. So, I wrote it all out.
Purre Bar Pilates
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Group Strength and Conditioning Training
Indoor Competitive Cycle
Indoor Rock Climbing
All these are on my bucket list. I suggest to pick the top two and schedule them out for the next four weeks. I chose Running and Pilates. I might work in one of the others on the list in that window but I'm not going to stress about it. My body is still recovering from giving birth and being off an intense workout regime schedule for a few months. I have to remind myself that it's okay to ease back into it. After eight-weeks, I'll re-evaluate and switch it up by rotating something new in.
Science backed, it can take anywhere from 2 months to 8 months to form a habit so know yourself here.
But, if you don't pencil it in then it will continue to slip. Just do it!
If you're on a budget plan and/or on the go, there are plenty of free apps and YouTube videos you can access straight from your phone. Try Nike's Nike Training Club app on iPhone or Android or do a search on YouTube for any workout you're into and you'll be pleasantly surprised what you find.
2. Get a buddy.
Why? Because working out with some accountability next to you actually pushes you to reach your goals faster. Plus, you make new connections when you sweat it out with a friend.
3. Treat Yourself
I like purchasing new shirts or shoes when I'm ready to recharge my workout. It helps me play the part.
If putting on tight workout clothes doesn't seem comfortable to you right now then drop some dough on some new sneaks. Not only can you make a fashion statement with your feet but having the right shoes also helps set your joints and ligaments up for success. Old shoes = prone to injury.
Don't feel guilty about the investment. They last quite a while so you get your return.
4. Do Your Research and Let Go of Feeling Intimidated
Sometimes you dream about joining a local studio or class at your gym that you've never tried before.
Fear tends to hold most of us back from trying new things and enjoying ourselves. Don't forget that everyone in that class had a first day too. You'll be surprised that all eyes are not on you so there is nothing to fear about failing or looking off beat. You'll pick it up sooner than you think. Don't give up on it.
5. Enjoy the Process
Don't get caught up in a get slim fast mentality. Those types of plans never seem to stick. Instead shoot for something that is manageable and realistic to your lifestyle and likes.
In summary, just get after it. You will feel so much better than not doing anything at all. Excuses will always exist. Consider it a challenge to make it work for you.
Have any other tips for easing back into a fitness routine?
Leave a comment below and let me know how this works out for you. You'll hear more about my journey as I ease back into it.