This past week my family, like a few others that I know, got hit with something nasty. It seems as if the unhealthy season was supposed to be over with the coming of spring. We’ve had plenty of ear infections and stuffy noses these past few months. We are looking forward to the warmer months, and hopefully better health.
As I was on a walk after about a week of being busy and not feeling well, I was thinking about how easy it is to get out of our workout routine. And how hard it is to get back into it. Sometimes life gets in the way. Sickness, vacations, sporting events, birthday parties, holidays and just about everything else can get in the way.
So how do you get back to it?
Start where you left off. Depending on how much off time you took between the last time you walked or ran, just get started. Sometimes I’m frustrated because of the progress I made and now I’ve got to work back to it. And that’s ok. As long as I’m getting back to it one day at a time.
Make some space in your schedule. Depending on what caused you to take a pause in the first place, this may be harder than it sounds. For us, the weather is getting warmer so our walks and runs need to come earlier in the day. Shuffling our schedule to make time for a run or walk took a bit a time; but we were both better for it. My daughter loves being outside and looking at the birds, cars and people. She enjoyed the fresh air after being cooped up for a few days as well.
Sign up for something to keep to the schedule and to stay motivated. I have a 5K at the end of the month, that I need to make sure that I am not completely out of breath for! I know I need to keep to a semi schedule to keep my pace and endurance.
And give yourself some grace. I think this is the hardest ones for us ladies. We know where we were before <insert whatever paused progress> so its hard to not beat ourselves, or give up all together. Give yourself a few good days of working back toward your goal and you’ll be happier for it.
Sometimes it may not be in the cards this season. And as long as it only lasts for a season and you can focus on your health and wellness soon after. I fear that business feels like acceptable excuse for exercise to take a back seat. And I know from personally using that excuse during a season that it ends up just being an excuse. And I always feel better when I get back to a routine that works for me in that season.
When you do get back into the swing of things, and back into a rhythm you’ll be glad you did. Not everyone gets back to it. So bravo for you to get back into the groove.
What else would you share? Do you find yourself getting out of your normal schedule in certain seasons? How do you get back to it?