How to Get Back into Exercise After a Long Time
Today, on Redhead Mom, I’m sharing a partnered guest post about how to get back into exercise after a long time.
It is never too late to get fit, but it can feel like you have a mountain to climb if it has been a while since you last did any exercise. However, you will be pleased to hear that once you have found the confidence and motivation to dig out your trainers and get physical there are some good ways to get back into exercise after a long time.
Consult Your Doctor
Before you do anything else you should consult your doctor. They will be able to give you a check-up and make sure that you don’t have any significant health problems that would hold you back from getting fit. They may be able to advise you on the best type of exercises to do depending on your general health and if they have any concerns about your mobility. If you have your own concerns, then taking a plant derived supplement may help to build your strength and stamina quickly and give you more confidence about exercising.
Once you feel motivated you may feel tempted to go full steam ahead. However, starting slowly is important as you are less likely to get injured if you don’t push yourself too much until your body has got used to being put under stress. There are some great workouts online that will help you to take the first steps towards a healthy lifestyle.
In the past, you may have been able to run a marathon in under four hours or swim the English Channel but that may have been several years ago. Don’t expect to be able to get back to the peak of your fitness in a short space of time as this is unrealistic. Be patient with yourself and accept that although your marathon days may be over, a 10k run could be a possibility. However, you should give yourself time and be patient, as pushing yourself too hard and too fast will lead to injury and you will be back on the couch before you know it.
Redefine Your Workout
You don’t have to hit the gym five nights per week if you don’t want to. Your workout can be anything you want it to be. As long as you are aiming to fit more exercise into your life then you are heading in the right direction. A workout could include walking the dog more, cycling rather than driving to work a couple of times per week, or using the stairs rather than the lift whenever possible. These things will give you exercise, and they are easy to fit into your lifestyle so it is worth thinking about what you can do and how you define exercise rather than trying to take on too much and feeling like a failure when you can’t keep up with your expectations.
Millions of people start workout programs every day only to give them up within a few short weeks. This is because they get bored, or they don’t have as much free time as they thought they would. If you don’t enjoy your workout, you won’t keep it up so try something fun rather than just doing the same old routine. If you don’t like going to the gym, then don’t go; try a salsa class or a team sport instead. If you find it boring to work out alone then rope in a friend to join you.
Follow these five tips if you want to get back into exercise after a long time and improve your stamina, health, and general wellbeing.