We all know the feeling after a summer vacation – you’ve had a blast, but now it’s time to get back to reality. Your schedule might have been all over the place, and your regular fitness routine probably took a backseat. Well, fear not, because getting back into the groove after the holidays is totally doable.
Let’s dive into some straightforward tips to help you regain that routine and feel your best.
1. Set a specific workout time
The key to re-establishing your fitness routine is to set a specific time for your workouts. Without a preset schedule, it’s easy to come up with excuses like “I’m too busy” or “I can’t find the time.” Take a look at your day-to-day schedule and choose a workout slot that aligns with your free time. This not only helps you mentally prepare but also eliminates those common roadblocks. Booking into a small group personal training session where people will miss you if you don’t turn up is a great way to hold yourself accountable to your commitments.
2. Choose the right workout for you
After some time away, you may need to ease yourself back into the gym gradually. Your Foundry coach will always check in with you at the beginning of a session – to see how you’re doing and what you’ve been up to. They’ll tailor your workouts to match your needs and help you get back into the swing of things without overdoing it. If you’re working out solo and you’ve had a pause, take things slowly and listen to your body to avoid injury.
3. Inspire yourself with goals
Motivation can be a game-changer when trying to regain your routine. Whether you want to lose a couple of holiday pounds or hit your first pull-up, having clear fitness goals can keep you focused. Determine whether you’re on a slow burn, aiming for a lifestyle change, or ready to go all-in. Short-term goals can be particularly helpful, like committing to two sessions per week and adding a daily 10k step target. In the longer term, setting a goalpost for the future can bolster your motivation – think fitness challenges like Battle Cancer or our in-house Foundry Home Games.
4. Workout with others
Accountability can make a world of difference in sticking to your routine. Find a workout buddy or join a fitness class where you can exercise with others. When you know someone’s expecting you, it’s harder to skip your workout. Plus, the camaraderie can make the process more enjoyable.
5. Reset your eating habits
Holidays often mean indulgence, and that’s perfectly fine! But now it’s time to reestablish a balanced eating routine. Consider meal planning and prepping your food in advance. Meal prep services like Good Prep can be a great help if you’re short on time. Gradually transition from holiday indulgence to a healthier, more sustainable diet to complement your workouts.
6. Sort out your routine
Your fitness routine is just one piece of the puzzle. To truly get back on track, take a holistic approach. Plan your day and week, ensuring you allocate time for essential activities like sleep, staying hydrated, stretching, and regular walks. Be mindful of your priorities, and don’t forget to practise self-care.
Remember, getting back into your routine might take some time, and that’s perfectly okay. The key is to start, stay consistent, and be patient with yourself. With these tips in your toolkit, you’ll be well on your way to feeling your best after those fantastic summer holidays.
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