January is fast approaching – it’s that time of the year where we make ourselves big fitness promises. Whether you’re heading out to the gym after a break of a few weeks or you’ve made finally decided to get in shape after years of ignoring your health; restarting our workout after a break requires extra work.
So many people feel that obtaining expensive gym memberships is the first step to getting in shape. Gyms definitely help but there’s no point of signing up for the gym when you haven’t committed to it wholeheartedly.
Commitment to physical health begins in the mind.
Check out these tips on effectively restarting your workout after a break.
- Set yourself realistic goals
Before you even start working out, set yourself realistic goals. Losing weight gradually has proven to be healthier than losing it rapidly. Set yourself a goal of losing 2 pounds every week. Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to losing weight.
- Prepare yourself
Being healthy involves more than just working out. You need to be disciplined about the type of food you eat, the number of calories you consume, your sleeping habits, etc. It’s so easy to order unhealthy take out when you’ve ran out of time to cook or put off your sleep for a night at the club.
Get into the habit of planning your meals ahead and buying groceries in advanced. Chop up your veggies at the beginning of the week, put them into Ziploc bags and pop them in the freezer. This way cooking doesn’t seem like such a hassle.
Schedule your activities so you have enough time for a good night’s rest – remember, not getting enough sleep causes you to eat unnecessarily.
- Begin slowly
Resuming your workout after a long time is hard. Start off slowly by warming up your body with brisk walks or laps in the pool. Jumping into tough workouts will take a toll on your body which can put you off exercising. Start off your slowly so your muscles are prepared for more intense workouts.
- Be consistent
Our body and mind love consistency so block out a specific time of your schedule for working out. Think of it as in inflexible appointment. When you continuously workout out at the same time, your body and mind get used to it and it becomes habitual. Boost your exercises with these sports and compression clothing to get most out of your workout routines.
- Track your progress
Weigh yourself at the end of every week. It helps to know that all the work you’re putting into shedding those pounds is paying off. This way you’ll also learn when your weight-loss has reached a plateau. After a few weeks of regular weight-loss, it becomes harder to shed the pounds. It’s at this point where your workout needs to be changed. Doing the same workout over and over again becomes ineffective so it’s important to switch your workouts around. Just switching your workout isn’t enough, you are also going to have to increase the intensity of the workout in order to keep losing weight.
- Use a waist-trainer
The muscles in your core will weaken and loosen up when you haven’t been exercising. Fat collects faster around your belly so it helps to use a waist-trainer to tighten your core. The waist-trainer will support your core and lower-back while restricting your appetite. A professional waist-trainer will make your workout more effective and you’ll lose weight faster too.