How to start exercising if it’s ‘been a while’

We all do our best to be healthy but sometimes it’s hard, and our fitness regimes can be forgotten. Skipping a workout once is one thing, but it can be a slippery slope, and before we know it, we haven’t been to the gym in months, sometimes even years. Getting back into it after then can be hard but here are some tips to get you back exercising if it’s been a while since the last time.

Start slow

The most important thing for you to consider before getting back into exercise is how long it has been since you last did it. If you have left it a long while then you probably won’t be able to do all of the things you used to. Hitting the weight racks and bench pressing twice your bodyweight is probably just going to cause you an injury, making you sit out for even longer. The best thing you can do is to take baby steps to ease yourself back into it, that way you’ll still be getting some exercise but won’t be injuring yourself.

How to start exercising if it’s ‘been a while’

What do you want to achieve?

You also need to figure out what it is you are hoping to achieve once you start exercising once again. Do you want to lose weight, or is there something at the end of your fitness journey you’d like to achieve? Sometimes having a goal like running a marathon or joining a sports team is all it takes to keep you focused. With a direction to head in you can begin to work out which fitness regimes will best work for you. There’s no need to go rushing into doing everything if it won’t help you get to where you need to go.

Set achievable goals

When you first begin working out, you won’t see immediate results so it’s best to set yourself small and achievable goals to start with. It can be disheartening to see a lack of progress so the first thing you need to do is focus on improving what you can. If running is your preferred exercise then try working on shaving 30 seconds off your best time, then a minute, then two, then five.

How to start exercising if it’s ‘been a while’

The same principle can be applied to any version of exercise you choose to do. You won’t be able to go one hundred percent so you’ll need to work up to it. Staying focused is key to maintaining your exercise regime, so if you get disheartened by a lack of progress, then you’ll be less likely to keep it up. If you get demotivated, it will be harder for you to come back time after time. Progression is the key to making sure you achieve your goals, otherwise you’ll end up quitting before you really get anywhere.

Getting back into exercise is not easy, especially if it hasn’t been a part of your routine for a long time. It takes commitment, but if you start with a plan and take baby steps, you’ll be on the road to your fitness goal in no time.