05 Dec 5 Pointers to Get Back on Track from a Workout Layoff
The PLAN is to BE HEALTHY! So many of us start a PLAN to get healthy by working out, eating healthier options, and taking better care of our bodies. The PLAN usually hits off right away. We follow that path… but it’s only a matter of time before we stumble and fall right back to our lazy and unhealthy routines. When the holidays come, and the company of good friends and good food are laid in front of you, it’s hard to resist. At that moment, you then stop and forget about the PLAN.
Are you guilty of this? Don’t worry, you are definitely not alone! This is the usual cycle of health and fitness that most everyone succumbs to. But don’t let it beat you down. You can still bounce back from that layoff and get yourself back in shape.
We’d like to share with you some awesome pointers on how you can get back on track after a layoff.
Pointer #1: Create Better Habits
It’s hard to brush off any kind of habit that we’ve grown used to over the years. When it has become so routine in our lives, we do it even though it isn’t really what’s best for us. But you see, the best way to make positive and progressive change is by forming new and better habits for ourselves.
Are your fitness habits working for you? If not, then maybe it’s high time to make new ones. This is what’s great about fitness, it’s quite easy to replace old habits with good ones that will help you achieve the results you desire.
Take note that a habit only becomes a habit, when you’ve done it consistently for at least 21-66 days. Whether it’s making a habit of preparing your nutritious meals or simply waking up early to start your daily exercise, you have to be consistent.
It’s also important to have standards in meeting your goals. And when a certain goal is met, you also have to know when to adjust your goal higher. Like doing push-ups, for example. When you’ve past the point where 50 push-ups isn’t enough to let you break a sweat and make you feel tension in your muscles, then slowly increase the number.
As soon as you’ve formed a good habit, try your best to stick to it. The longer you keep at it, the harder it will be for you to forget about it and go back to square one.
Pointer #2: No More Excuses
The sky’s the limit to all the excuses you can possibly conjure up just to stall yourself from getting started. Stop telling yourself that you don’t have the energy, you’re too busy, or that you don’t have money to spare. Because you CAN find a way, if you REALLY wanted to.
Like anything else in this world, if you want to achieve something, you have to find a way, find time, and work hard for it. Making excuses and procrastinating your way through life will not get you anywhere, especially when we’re talking about getting fit and healthy.
Take that big step towards stopping the negative voice inside your head that always makes excuses. Be proactive in living your life and make things happen. Don’t wait for the apple to fall from the tree.
Pointer #3: Ensure Proper Nutrition
What is exercise without backing it up with a proper diet, right? After all the eating you’ve done over the holidays, you need to forget about all those yummy yet very unhealthy foods, and start making a meal plan consisting of healthier foods.
You don’t just need to know WHAT to eat, you also need to figure out WHEN to eat certain foods. Be sure to find a meal plan that covers the entire day, with choices of properly portioned food from the different food groups.
Sticking to a healthy and balanced diet is perhaps one of the most challenging habits you need to form. But if you persevere, this very vital and life-changing habit will allow you to reap the benefits of good health as you grow older.
Pointer #4: Prepare Your Body for the Work
Your body isn’t made of steel! You have to make sure it is ready for whatever challenges you put it up to. If you fail to prepare, you might end up feeling sore all over, hence another excuse to stop working out.
So how do you prepare your body for the work? A simple, fast, and effective warm-up will do the trick. It will only take 5-10 minutes of your time, but doing it will definitely help.
After you work out, make sure you also do some stretching and cool down exercises to take away the buildup of lactic acid in your muscles.
Pointer #5: Be a Winner
If you’re ultimate goal is to reach a ripe old age without having to worry about so many illnesses, then make that change! Build those habits! Having this is way better than any kind of worldly prize you could think of!
You may have gotten off course for a time, but it’s never too late to work for that healthy kind of life. So be the winner! Create good and life-changing habits, stop making excuses, eat healthy, prepare your body, and live the life you deserve!