The holidays are a hectic time. You have lots of commitments to work, family, and friends, so it is very easy to let your workout schedule slide. And that is okay! You can miss a few workouts and still be in good health. However, once you lose the habit, it is harder to get started again. Here’s how to survive going back to the gym during the new year.
1. Go Early
If you are used to working out early, keep it up! If going to the gym in the morning sounds awful, give it a try anyway. Getting your workout done first thing in the morning is a great way to start your day and guarantees that you will hit your fitness goals. Plus, the earlier you arrive, the better chance you have of not losing your favorite treadmill to the new year’s resolution crowd.
2. Create a New Schedule
If you’re feeling unmotivated to go to the gym, then change things up. It could be a sign you were getting burned out before the holidays. Switching up your workout routine is also a good idea because it will force your body to try something new, burn more calories, and work different muscles. You can try changing up the days you lift and when you do cardio. Or you can find a new workout routine that has new weightlifting moves or cardio exercises.
3. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Maybe this is the year you finally try pilates or go to that yoga class your friend is always asking you to attend. Trying something new and different will keep you energized and ready to tackle a new challenge. Maybe there is a new gym in your area that specializes in something new to you – like climbing, ninja stunts or focusing on functional fitness. Whatever it is, sign up for their trial period and see what happens. It will get you moving and headed in the right direction.
4. Take it Easy
If you just can’t seem to force yourself to lace up your shoes and head out, then promise yourself that you don’t have to go hard. A light workout is much better than no workout. Promise yourself that you will walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes and then you can go home. If you get in the gym and decide to do more, then that is great! If you do your 30 minutes and leave, that is also great! Just get out there and do something, no matter how easy it might seem to you.
5. Set a New Goal
The new year is a time to make new resolutions. Maybe you have always wanted to run a mud run or lift a certain amount of weight. Whatever your goal, set a concrete date to complete it and set up your workouts as a training plan. It will give your workouts a purpose and get you motivated to consistently workout.