Getting Back to Fitness: 6 Tips to End a Fitness Hiatus
by Rochelle Griffin
We’ve all been there…taken an unintentional break from our fitness. It may be due to various reasons: illness, injury, falling off the wagon, etc. Regardless of the “why,” the important question is HOW to get back to it when we are ready. I’ve just recently experienced this very situation after having to take a month off from exercising due to a sprained ankle. I’m pleased to say that I’m now on day 3 of being back to the endorphin release of a good workout.
I’m going to share with you 6 tips to help you transition forward if you’ve been on hiatus as well. These have personally helped me get started again.
1. Start slow. Don’t expect to start where you left off. Trying to start at the level where you last were will be setting yourself up for failure and potential injury. Give your body time to adjust. Be flexible with your routine.
2. Listen to your body. I can’t stress this point enough. It’s easy to want to “go hard” when you first start because you are motivated, but your body may have other ideas. If you feel any pain, shortness of breath, or other difficulties, pull back…take a break. Your body is giving you signs of what it needs. Listen.
3. Be sure to have support. I’m speaking of emotional support. Especially if you find it hard to get back into the groove, support is essential to your success. My Success Workbook is a great way to stay on track as well if you have fallen off the proverbial wagon.
4. Stay hydrated. Your body won’t be used to exercise and will need the fluid to flush out toxins. Water is essential to get your body back to optimal working level.
5. Don’t beat yourself up. Illness & injury often can’t be helped. As far as falling away, well quite frankly, we all mess up occasionally. It’s time to forgive yourself and simply more forward.
6. Think health, not weight loss. Remember why you are doing this to begin with. Sure we all want to look good in our jeans, but ultimately we want to be healthy for our families and ourselves. Striving to improve our health will naturally result in weight loss anyways.
While it can be difficult to get back into a health & fitness routine after being away, it’s absolutely doable in small steps. Instituting these tips will make the transition easier. Now go out there and have fun!
To Living Your Best Life,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Rochelle Griffin, The Wellness Detective™, is a Registered Nurse (with over 22 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 7-figure International company that now helps others live Their Best Life.
She founded Your Best Life, Inc with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of physical ruin with her health & the health of their young son. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.
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