If you’re ready to get back into working out after a long break, here are a few elements to include in a successful comeback strategy:
1. Examine the Why.
There are two parts of examining the why. First, think about why you’ve taken a long break from a consistent workout routine. Was it an injury? Vacation? Lack of time? Understanding the reason why you had a long break can help you avoid a repeat occurrence. For example, if an injury was the cause, there might be mobility exercises or recovery methods that can help prevent a future injury.
Once you understand the why behind your time away from working out, next think about why it’s important to you to make this comeback. Why do you want to re-establish this habit? Understanding the purpose behind making this comeback increases the chance that you’ll stick with building a sustainable workout habit.
2. Set SMART Goals.
Take some time to think about your fitness goals. As you come up with these goals, use the SMART goal framework: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-based. Using this framework will help you clearly define what you’re working toward. You’ll also have a way of measuring your progress and a timeline to work within. You’ll also ensure that your goals are realistic and relevant to your current level of fitness.
3. Consider Your Options.
When getting back into working out, it’s tempting to try to pick up wherever you left off in the past. You might gravitate toward the same old activities. Before you do that, think about the activities that you’ve enjoyed in the past. Or maybe there’s a class or gym that you’ve always wanted to try but never did. You don’t have to keep returning to your old workout habits. Now is your chance for a fresh start, so take the time to consider all of your options. If you have no idea where to get started, then try out a few different classes. Then choose the one that seems fun, challenging, and motivates you the most.
4. Create Accountability.
How you choose to work out is entirely your personal preference. Many people prefer to work out on their own because it’s what works best for them. However, if you’re someone who struggles with following through with your workout plan, then working out in a group can be a great solution. Once you sign up for a group workout program, you’re guaranteed to meet some likeminded people with similar interests and goals. You’ll also have an experienced instructor leading the class and holding you accountable.
5. Make a Future Plan.
The final element of your comeback strategy is to plan for future setbacks. Things will happen beyond your control that will disrupt your workout routine. You can’t prevent sick days or work trips, but you can make a plan for staying on track (as much as possible). Or, if you know you’ll be away from the gym for a few weeks, then make a plan for how you’ll get back on track as soon as you’re able to return.
The coaches at Kinetix in Rochester can help you make a successful workout comeback. We’ll connect your goals to how you train, move, eat, and live. To learn more about getting started, contact us today.