New to fitness or taken a break due to Covid? Sometimes getting back into exercise and building habits after a period of time off can be quite challenging. 

I know for me that the first few sessions back always seem quite overwhelming, my body feels weak, the thought of running, doing yoga, or lifting weights sucks the energy out of my body before I even get started. I can often find myself satisfied in my comfort zone of doing nothing, even though I know once I get those first few sessions out of the way i’ll feel great again!

If you’re similar to me and enjoy exercise but struggle to kick that fitness routine back into action after taking a break, try some of these tips.

  1. Slow and Steady Wins the Race – starting slowly and building up gradually is a great way to get back into it. Maybe start with shorter workout durations in your first week. 
  2. Be Flexible – flexibility allows you that break if you aren’t feeling up to it. There’s no reward for first to reach burnout stage. If you aren’t feeling up to it, take the day off. Reward yourself for being kind to your body and mind. You could even try replacing physical exercise with a mindfulness exercise, something small such as reading or writing, or even meditating if you’d like to find that calmness. 
  3. Be Creative – creativity and adapting exercises can keep your workouts fun and motivating. Feeling motivated is super important if you’re looking to build those healthy exercise habits again.   
  4. Feel Good – all so often we get caught up in exercising to look good. This is important, but should be secondary to that ‘feel good feeling’. If we change our mindsets and use exercise as a tool to help us feel good, then we’re building a sustainable platform for both our mental and physical health. 
  5. Connection – try teaming up with friends. Combine your workouts, attend classes together, exercise outdoors together, and fill your exercises with laughter. This is a great way to build a strong connection with our communities and environment. 

Written by Paul Elderkin