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Back into It: 5 Tips for Restarting Your Workout Routine

By Anna Jones, Adventurer in Charge + Q Crew Member

You’re curled up on the couch. The room comfortingly aglow with Hulu. With a jolt, it occurs to you: “I haven’t worked out in weeks!”

We’ve all been there.

Despite our best intentions, falling out of a typical workout routine is neither difficult, nor uncommon.  Something pops up in your schedule and you can’t get to the gym. You work late and think, “I’ll be alright if I skip a day.”

Suddenly, you’re out of sync, your workouts become more infrequent, and soon you might not be doing anything at all. The thought of going to the gym, or going for a jog, makes you groan.

However, you know how important it is to have a regular workout routine. So let’s get back at it. Here are some tips you can use when you’re in a rut:

Set a Start Date and a Schedule. Don’t say, “I’ll start next week,” or “Whenever I have the free time.” Set a specific date and make it a priority. Set a reminder on your phone, write it on your paper calendar—the method doesn’t matter, but do something that you won’t be able to ignore easily.

Invigorate Your Workout. One of the reasons people can slip out of their workout routine is that it becomes boring, a chore we’re simply slogging through. Don’t let that happen; shorter workouts with greater intensity are more effective than long, lower intensity workouts. Plus, you’ll buy back some time in your schedule. Crossfit posts a new workout of the day, every day, that you can try out.

There are also plenty of activities outside of just visiting the gym you can do to get your exercise—take a yoga class, try out kickboxing, go kayaking, take up Zumba. Do a little bit of research about classes and studios in your area; you might find something new and exciting.

Mix it Up. Doing the same routine over and over again gets tedious, so mix up your workouts. Trade off between cardio and strength training on different days, for example. Not only does it keep things interesting, but you’ll be working out different parts of your body that help burn more calories and contributes to better overall health.

Find a Buddy. Having a workout partner accomplishes a few things; you’ll both encourage each other to stick to your workout routines, and it can make your workout double as a fun bit of socializing over a solo routine.

Remember: Health is Habitual. Getting into a regular workout routine can seem like a major mountain to climb if you’re not already doing it. So take it one day at a time—and keep doing it. Work to make your health a habit, something you just do, rather than something you have to make yourself do. But you have to keep at it—and there’s no time like the present to start!

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