Back at it: How to Work Out after a Break
I know, it’s been a while. If you’ve read my previous posts, you know that I’ve had a lot of stress going on and my health had been taking a turn for the worse. So, I had to listen to my body and take a little breather from everything–including lifting. Let’s get to talking about how to get back into the work-out groove after a break.
I’m just going to be blunt–at first, it’s going to suck. You’re going to be much weaker, tired, and sore. You’ll feel like you lost any progress that you had going for you and it’s going to take a little while for things to get back to the way that they were.
It will be discouraging, exhausting, and tough. And there will be times when you even wonder why you’re trying to start everything back up again.
But, it will be worth it.
Here are some things that I do or keep in mind when re-starting my fitness and nutrition routine:
1. You have to start somewhere
Plain and simple. We all started somewhere in the very beginning, and we have to start somewhere once we take a break. Just a fact of life.
2. Your body is amazing and extremely adaptable
It is incredible how quickly your body is able to adjust to change–so even though it may feel like a while, it’ll only take about a month to form the habit and get back into the swing of things.
3. Sometimes all your body needs is rest
It just so happens, that sometimes after a while of rest, your body actually comes back stronger and more easily to adapt to resistance and changing of programs.
4. Look back at your workout journal
After a long break from exercise, I always like to look back at my workout journal to see how far I had come. You have to be careful with this one though, because as encouraging as it can be, sometimes it can backfire and become a bit discouraging when you’re not at the same point you were when you left off. The main thing to keep in mind is how quickly you can progress, and that you will soon see the same kinds of results that you were seeing before.
5. Meal prep
The best way to ensure that you get back on track meal-wise, is to meal prep. This way, you won’t find yourself mindless eating and snacking which can sabotage your goals. Check out my post about macros for further help. Find my favorite containers for prep here.
So, here’s your smack in the booty to get moving again–let’s get to it!