The summer holidays are coming to an end, the kids are going back to school, time to get your own sports kit back out and get back into your workouts.
The return of school hours and classrooms can take children a couple of weeks to get back into but also parents can find it difficult to get back into their workout routines that went astray during the summer.
Here’s 10 top tips on how to put the summer lull behind you and get back to eating and living healthily.
It can be hard to get back into the flow of your workout routine, once you stop for a few weeks your body takes a break too and when you try to get back into the swing of things it’s not used to the rigorous punishment we endure to look and feel good,.
“There are ways to make the transition easier for anyone who’s had a break from regular exercise and want’s to start a workout programme again.”
1. Don’t Quit!
You’ve just had a break from exercise and it can feel like starting out fresh all over again with sore muscles and tired minds holding you back. For most people this is the time when they decide to quit, DON’T!
Push through the barrier, the first weeks are always the hardest but when you see the progress you’ll make month after month it make it worth the effort in the end.
2. Don’t Expect to Jump Straight Back In
It’s important that you realise your body isn’t going to be at the same level of fitness it was before the holidays so don’t get frustrated with yourself when you can only run for 5 minutes before you’re breathless. Stick at it and within a couple of weeks you should be back to your previous fitness levels.
3. Eat Clean
Nutrition and exercise go hand in hand but during the summer break it can be easy to fall off the wagon. Whether you’ve been abroad and eaten out every day or visited the ice cream van back home you just have to draw a line in the sand and get back to eating clean healthy food again, no matter how hard you try you can’t out run a bad diet.
The school break may be over but the summer heat will still be around for a few weeks yet so it’s imperative to stay hydrated before, during, and after your workout. Drink a pint of water about an hour before you start and keep a bottle with you during your workout and drink about half a pint after you’ve finished.
5. Get a Friend
Grab a friend to join you. Having a social aspect to exercise can boost your commitment to the exercise habit.
6. Stress Relief
What do you do when you are stressed? Chances are is it exercise. Exercise is a great stress reliever, releasing endorphins improving your mood. The next time you feel stressed or tired, do some exercise you enjoy. When stress relief is linked to exercise, it is easy to regain the habit of exercise.
7. Have Fun
If you want go get in shape by using a running programme but you hate running with a passion then why do it? The fitness industry is so varied there are 100’s of ways you can get in shape the key to success is enjoying it and looking forward to your workout not dreading it, why not try Yoga, Pilates or Zumba.
8. Commit for Thirty Days
Make a commit to go every day for a month. This will solidify the exercise habit. Committing to this takes the pressure off you in the first weeks about deciding whether to go.
9. Group Exercise
Can create a positive atmosphere. Research has shown that group exercise keeps people motivated and active exercisers for longer. With so much choice you should have no problem finding a class to match your requirements fitness levels and personality.
10. Be Flexible
Life can get in the way. Determine the time or days that work best for you to remain consistent with your exercise routine.