Whether it’s because you went on a long holiday or got too caught up with major projects at school/work, you weren’t able to hit the gym and stick to your usual workout routine for quite some time. Well, we’ve been in your position before and we know how frustrating it can be – especially when you attempt to get back to the gym again and discover that you’re basically back to square one.
For those who lack motivation due to not training for a long time, here’s why you need to show up for that class you don’t want to attend. Also, there are some sneaky ways to get yourself back to the gym – if all else fails.
If you managed to make it back for that training session after being away for awhile, well done! Here’s a virtual pat on the back from all of us at Evolve Daily. Even if you didn’t perform as well as you wanted to this time, there’s always the next training session to do better!
Today, Evolve Daily shares 6 Thoughts You Have When You Finally Start Training Again:
1) Now, to make up for lost time…
When you first get back to the gym, you probably have plans to push yourself past your limits to make up for all those missed sessions. Or perhaps you feel that you’ve gained some weight during the time you were away, so you want to make the most of that first session back to burn all those calories.
While it’s good to be driven, you don’t want to kill yourself right away! Remember, taking that first step by going back is already a good start – all you have to do is keep it consistent after this session.
2) Is it just me, or did they increase the warm up intensity?
After being away for awhile, you might find yourself gassing out while doing warm ups. Maybe you sprinted instead of jogged those rounds, or it could just be a case of your body not being used to that kind of intensity after resting for so long. Whatever it is, remember to stretch properly so as to avoid potential injuries!
3) How on earth did I manage to do all this last time?
At this point, you’re probably amazed (perhaps even impressed) at how you used to be able to power through such intense workouts – and even attend back-to-back classes – before your break. After all, you’re now struggling and it’s been barely 30 minutes in. When this happens, know that it’s okay to ask your instructor for permission to have a water break or to simply pause for awhile to catch your breath. We’re pretty sure he’d understand that you need some time to get back on track and go back to where you left off.
4) KILL ME NOW
Towards the end of your session, you probably feel like you’re down to your last 1% or maybe even find yourself collapsing while attempting to hold a plank during the cool down. At this point, every second feels like a minute and every minute feels an eternity. Well, nobody said it would be easy to start all over again – but you did! And that’s honestly something to be proud of.
5) Wow, I actually survived
Once you finish the class and step off the mats, you’d probably think about the whole hour that just went by and how you actually survived despite feeling like death at some point. Well, you aren’t made of glass after all. And remember, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!
After your workout, don’t forget to fuel up with a nutritious post workout meal and get enough sleep when you’re home – so that your body would be able to recover effectively.
6) I need to come back tomorrow and do it all again!
Thanks to your body’s increased production of endorphins, you can’t help but feel great and smile as you leave the gym and head home. Because of this, you wonder why you even allowed yourself to stop training in the first place. Well, that’s something you intend to leave in the past. For now, you’re more than ready for yet another awesome training session tomorrow!
So tell us, how many of these thoughts crossed your mind when you returned to the gym after a long break?