OK, I admit it. I took a 2 week break from working out. There, I said it, and I’m not ashamed. Worst part is, I have no excuse. I just let my routine slide, and we all know how hard it is to get back on track once we step away. So, when I do take a little workout vacay, here’s what I do to get back on track. Hope it helps!
- Mentally/Spiritually prepare
- I begin thinking about what I’m going to do from the time I wake up. Even if I’m thinking about it a day in advance. I literally see myself doing squats, bicep curls, pull ups, etc… Visualization is THE best way to mentally prepare for any kind of athletics, and workouts fall into that category. Half of any athletics are mental whether practicing or playing. So, when you visualize, your brain is practicing for what’s to come. I can literally feel the adrenaline pumping and my heart rate increasing as if I am going through the workout.
- I also reflect on scripture. Part of the reason for keeping fit is my belief in the scripture that says my body was bought for a price. I can only do so much to care for the body God gave me. So, I’m gonna give it my best shot. Other scripture to consider: Paul says when all is said and done, he wants to know he “fought the good fight”, Paul also mentions running your race in front of a cloud of witnesses. Of course, these scriptures are talking about doing the work of the Lord, but you can’t fight the good fight when you’re not in the best of shape. There are a bunch of scripture that will get you motivated and strengthen your relationship with your creator at the same time. Seek out the ones that do it for you.
- Let your eating kick-start you. Either the day before or the morning of.
- Start your day with a good breakfast. It’s important to get your metabolism going. See my post on eating breakfast, and kickstarting your metabolism.
- Eat a lunch full of veggies, and veggie shakes are a good thing as well for a light lunch.
- When you eat light during the day, you won’t feel weighted down.
- Don’t overdo it in the gym
- A recent study appearing in Science Daily proved that a routine with lighter weights and many reps is just as effective as heavy weights with few reps for building that hot bod.
- Do what you can, but don’t overdo it no matter what. Even a little goes a long way. Besides, if you make yourself too sore, you’ll have an excuse not to go the next day.
- Work up to your normal routine. It’s ok. You have the rest of your life to do this, and consider how much more you’re doing today than you did the last couple weeks.
- Read fitness blogs to get motivated
- Don’t know about you, but all I have to do is skim a fitness article, and all of the sudden I feel like going to the gym. 2 or 3 of them, and I’m about to kill it at the gym. There are plenty of blogs to help you… like this one! When I read articles like “What happens to your brain when you stop exercising” It’s all I need to light a fire under my butt!
Be sure to add your ideas to the comments. We need all the help we can get!