Had a Break in Your Exercise Routine? Snap Back !
Sometimes you can’t stick to your exercise routines. Life happens. So if you step away from it (hopefully to have some fun – like vacation) you can get right back into the swing of things.
And regardless of the reason, there are ways you can get back on track and be actively exercising again.
Switch it Up
Try a new or easier activity. Try an easier exercise, sport or recreational activity you haven’t done recently. Or, try something new. Mastering something no matter how simple may just give you the confidence you need to resume your regular exercise program.
Resume at a Your New Level
The sooner you resume some sort of activity, the better you’ll feel and the easier it will be. Feel confident that even if your activity is interrupted, you can start again and be successful. If you haven’t exercised for several weeks or longer, make sure you start back at a comfortable level, and then gradually build back up. With a little time, you’ll be back on track.
Tip: Take it slow when going back after more than a week. It’s not uncommon to want to push yourself to make up for lost time – don’t do it. Be patient. If you are, you will be rewarded simply because you won’t wear yourself out and eventually you’ll be back to where you left off. Prevention magazine’s Amy Roberts recommends turning down the intensity by 20% – see http://www.prevention.com/fitness/how-to-get-back-in-shape
When the Break is Temporary
Here are tips to help you stay active during temporary breaks or start again if you’ve had to stop:
- If you have visitors,arrange to take them with you for a walk or reschedule your exercise during their ‘alone’ time when they are watching TV or reading a book.
- If you go on vacation, check out the facilities where you’ll be staying and bring along your exercise clothes and equipment (a resistance band, bathing suit, jump rope or walking shoes are small enough for carry-on).
- For tips on exercising while travelling, see Professionals Health Connection Travel Exercise Tips.
- If you can’t go outdoors because of bad weather,try an exercise video, jog in place, dance around the house or walk up and down the stairs a few extra times.
When Change Is Permanent
Here are tips to help you stay active, or start up again, when there has been a permanent change in your life.
- If your usual exercise buddy moves away, ask another friend to go with you on your daily walk or ask another friend what they do for exercise.
- If you move to a new community, check out the fitness centers, parks and recreation associations in your new neighborhood. Look for activities that match your interests and abilities. Ask people at work what they do to be active.
- If you are recovering from surgery, talk with your doctor about specific exercises you can perform safely once you feel better. Start slowly and gradually build up your activities as you become stronger. If you have a physical therapist, ask them to provide you with a printed copy of the exercises they want you to perform when you aren’t visiting them.
- If you are a caregiver, ask family members to come over so you can go for a walk, or work out to an exercise video when you have a free moment. Remember an important part of caring for someone else is to stay healthy yourself.
As we said last week, exercise isn’t hard. Make it simple, make it a habit.
Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to stop by!
PS. Have you had a setback in your activity? How did you snap back?