Restarting Your Exercise Routine After a Long Break


The holidays are over and that means you have no more excuses for forgoing your exercise routine. Remember that one you were so religious about for months and then gave up the second Thanksgiving rolled around? Too much turkey, an early morning Black Friday shopping and an overall bad habit that of making excuses as to why you couldn’t work out that transitioned from Thanksgiving to Christmas and into the New Year; it’s time to restart that exercise routine. Even if you don’t feel you need to lose weight, you still need to exercise. Your body needs that to maintain good health and stay healthy for the rest of your life. So forget the excuses, forget the “I’ll start tomorrow,” and forget that you have anything else to do but take care of you. It’s time to get back into the exercise routine and it’s time to do it now. Here are a few tips to help you get right back into it without too much effort.

Do Something Different

You don’t have to use the same workout DVD or go back to the gym or do whatever you did in the past. If you quit, you probably weren’t enjoying it. If you’re not enjoying it, you’re not going to do it. Our advice is to choose something active and fun that you will look forward to and do that. Sign up for a sports team if you just. Take swimming lessons. Go to dance classes. Do something that’s active that will get you up and moving and make you want to engage.

Reward Yourself

Exercise once and reward yourself. Exercise twice and reward yourself. Exercise everyday for a week and reward yourself. However you see fit, give yourself a little reward for just doing it. If you give yourself something to look forward to, maybe that new Kate Spade scarf or a pedicure, you’ll be more inclined to work out again without skipping exercise and creating even more bad habits.

Make it a Habit

Here’s the deal; once you make something a habit it’s a lot easier to do. So you have to commit to at least 21 days of exercise so that it becomes a daily habit. Do it. You can; it’s not as difficult as you might think. All you have to do is commit, do it and see the end result. Once you’ve stuck to it for this amount of time you will feel that it’s just another part of your day.

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