If you’ve spent any time away from working out, you most likely know how difficult it can be to get back into a routine. For most people, fitness levels begin to diminish after only two weeks of not working out. When you decide to return to working out after taking only a few weeks off, there’s a good chance you’ll tire more easily during your exercise routine. But don’t worry, below are five ways that you can ease back into exercise to regain your fitness level.
- Don’t overdo it. While it may be tempting to leap back into your normal workout routine, you should begin slowly. For example, if you’re used to running five miles a few days a week, start back with two miles instead. Work your way back up to five miles in the first few weeks as you gain back your fitness.
- Put it in your calendar. If you schedule your workouts a few days a week, you are much less likely to find an excuse to not work out.
- Pack your bag. Whether you like to work out before work, during lunch or after your workday, having your gym bag prepared can be a good reminder that you have a workout planned and there’s less of a chance you will back out.
- Find a buddy. As you ease back into working out, it’s a good idea to find an exercise buddy who can keep you accountable. Knowing you have made plans to work out with someone else is not only a fun way to exercise, but a good way to keep yourself motivated.
- Think outside the gym. Most people think working out has to take place in the gym, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Find an outdoor activity you like, such as walking the dog or playing tennis with a friend, and incorporate those exercises into your routine.
If you have questions about getting back into an exercise routine, consider talking with a trained medical professional at Denton Regional Urgent Care Center. We offer convenient hours and online check-in to provide you a quick and easy experience.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.