Today we talk about getting back on track or how you re-boot your workout program.
Let’s say you are a runner, and you run 3, 4 or 5 times a week. Maybe you’re training for a race or just trying to stay fit, whatever. Then something happens and you have to take a few days off. For whatever reason you can’t get your runs in. Life intervenes some way.
And you panic.
Not like running around screaming that your running career is over but you get that weird fluttery feeling that you’re losing speed, fitness and your ability to put one foot in front of the other.
(Runners, I know you are nodding in agreement.)
The first thing you’ll probably do is type “how long does it take to lose running fitness” into the search bar on your computer. If it’s been more than 4 days since you ran you’re worried. It’s ok. I’ve got your back.
If you are a new runner, new to the gym or coming back from an injury, break (literally or figuratively) or have recommitted to your healthier habits and you’re struggling, I’ve got you too.
4 Tips to Get Back on Track. Today.
- Make a list. Write down at least 3 reasons you exercise. And listen, don’t worry about going deep. To forge a spiritual and physical connection between my body and the universe is great. But so you look good in your skinny jeans is equally valid. Don’t judge. Just write. And keep that list posted somewhere so you can read it multiple times a day.
- Get out your calendar and plan your workouts (or alternatives to your regular workouts) for the next three days. Today, for example is a wet, windy, stormy day where I live so I’m doing Yoga and 20 minutes of Daily Burn. What do I always tell you? Back-up plan. It works.
- Get fired up. Read a running or fitness blog (of course that had to be the first thing listed). Listen to a running podcast, watch motivational videos on YouTube. Type “motivation for working out” and click images on Google.
- Find a buddy. Schedule a run, plan to meet at the gym, the Spin class, or go for a hike. Friends make working out much more fun. And don’t worry if you are not on the same fitness plane as your pal. One of you will work out harder and the other will be the push. It balances out.
Finally, don’t give up if you are facing an obstacle to your goal. What’s the saying? Obstacles do not block the path, they are the path. Hmmm…wise words, Grasshopper, wise words.
Now go run!