Oftentimes life gets in the way of exercising. Frequently we’ll find ourselves wondering what happened to our goal to work out and lose weight and realize that somewhere along the way we went on hiatus and continued living without working out. Whether this break was for a vacation or just because you were extra busy it doesn’t change the fact that getting back into a daily workout regimen is difficult. If you were a weight trainer or a cardiovascular participant it’s easy to readjust your mindset into fitting fitness back into your life.
It doesn’t matter what you do for exercise what really matters is you writing down your exercise goals. Many people give up on their desire to continue exercising because they don’t have a goal in mind. Many others give up because their ultimate goal seems so far out. Writing down your goals and writing steps towards accomplishing your goals is the best way to keep you on track and continue to work out.
If running is your forte it’s important you understand that when you get back on the treadmill you’re not going to be able to run at the same speed you could when you stopped working out. As nice as it would be to stay within the same fitness level after months of inactivity reality rarely allows such a phenomenon.
Your best option is to start walking to assess where you’re at physically and when you feel ready to start implementing spurts of running (say five minutes of running for every ten minutes of walking). After you feel this is easy enough again start evening out how long you run versus how long you walk until you get to the point of being able to run without walking for 30 to 45 minutes.
Because muscles slowly deteriorate when they aren’t used it will be nearly impossible for you to restart your weight training by lifting the same weight you did before you stopped working out. You’re basically going to have to start at a weight you can lift comfortably and do three or four sets of 15 to 20 reps. Adjust the weights you’re lifting depending on how easy (or hard) each set feels.
You’re basically going to be starting over after a long vacation from working out. Fortunately your body will adjust quicker than it did before (once you start reminding it what it can do) but it’s still going to take time to adjust so don’t overwhelm your body by trying to pick up where you left off.