If you’ve been planted in the couch cushions for the last few weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak and following lockdown, it probably means that your workout regimen has slipped and it becomes increasingly more difficult to get back on track.
We’ve compiled a list of actionable tips to help you start exercising again and establish an exercise routine you’ll actually stick with.
If the only working out you’ve done over the past few weeks is sulking and taking trips from and to the kitchen, it’s time to forgive, let go and move on. These tips will get you going and get back into the habit of working out again after a lull.
1) Take progress photos
In order to accurately track your progress, it’s helpful to identify your starting point and then define your goal while keeping track of your progress every week. It’s suggested to take measurements of your body and some photos so you’ll be able to see how you progress. Physical aids are extremely effective to help you stick to your routine and help you visualize your progress.
2) Set smaller goals
You need to start small and set realistic goals, especially if you’re a beginner, just starting out or getting back into it after a long break, you need to take it one step at a time. You need to pace yourself as fitness and a healthy diet is a marathon and not a sprint.
3) Get the right clothing
The right workout clothes can give you a huge boost in your training, confidence and psychology as they will put you in the mood for working out once you have established the mental connection of workout clothes equals exercise. Getting a pair of compression leggings or a compression tank top will go a long way to helping you with your workouts by keeping your muscles warm, skyrocketing your water weight loss and making you visualize how you will look in the future if you stick to your workout routine.
4) One small change at a time
You need to start small and slowly build on. The first time you intend to exercise, look ahead at your schedule and establish modest changes to your routine. On Sunday night, commit to getting your exercise clothes out for the next day and then setting your alarm to wake up 30 minutes earlier on Monday. You can even integrate small exercises throughout your day and increase your physical activity. Take the stairs instead of the elevator once every day, get off one stop earlier and walk home or to the office. Make small changes and integrate them slowly to your daily routine.
5) Keep track of your progress
This is of the utmost importance. You need to keep track of your progress. Take weekly photos of your body alongside your measurements (waist, chest, hips, arms, legs) and get on the scale only once per week, at the same time.