13 June 2012

Exercise to Lose Weight: 7 Tricks to Get Into Exercise Routine After a Long Break

I haven't had a real workout for 2 weeks.

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This week I want to get back on track.

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I have to. 

But since Monday I haven't started any exercise
yet. Getting back to your exercise routine after a long break is not easy because you've lost the momentum.

Lifehack shows you 7 tricks to get into your exercise routine after a long break.

1. Schedule During Quiet Hours 
Don’t put exercise time in a place where it will easily be pushed aside by something more important. Right after work or first thing in the morning are often good places to put it. Lunch-hour workouts might be too easy to skip if work demands start mounting.

 2. Get a Buddy
Grab a friend to join you. Having a social aspect to exercising can boost your commitment to the exercise habit.

3. X Your Calendar 
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One person I know has the habit of drawing a red “X” through any day on the calendar he goes to the gym.

The benefit of this is it quickly shows how long it has been since you’ve gone to the gym.

Keeping a steady amount of X’s on your calendar is an easy way to motivate yourself.

4. Isolate Your Weakness 
If falling off the exercise wagon is a common occurrence for you, find out why. Do you not enjoy exercising? Is it a lack of time? Is it feeling self-conscious at the gym? Is it a lack of fitness know-how? As soon as you can isolate your weakness, you can make steps to improve the situation.

5. Start Small 
Trying to run fifteen miles your first workout isn’t a good way to build a habit. Work below your capacity for the first few weeks to build the habit. Otherwise you might scare yourself off after a brutal workout.

6. Commit for Thirty Days 
Make a commitment to go every day (even just for 20 minutes) for one month. This will solidify the exercise habit. By making a commitment you also take pressure off yourself in the first weeks back of deciding whether to go.

7. Go for Yourself, Not to Impress
Going to the gym with the only goal of looking great is like starting a business with only the goal to make money. The effort can’t justify the results. But if you go to the gym to push yourself, gain energy and have a good time, then you can keep going even when results are slow.

How do you make a comeback after taking weeks off of exercise? Share here, leave your comment.



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2 comments:

  1. I am one that always fall of the exercise wagon but i really love the red X on the calendar idea :)

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