Here’s How to Start Exercising Again After Taking A Break

Fitness  |  February 15, 2017
  • Start now
    1 / 4 Start now

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    This tip is probably the most important. We often give ourselves many excuses not to get started. Friends, family, work, anything can be used as a reason to put off exercise. And before you know it, another month has gone by and no exercise has happened. So do not proscrastinate and take that first step – having a healthy meal, heading for your first workout at the gym, making workout plans with a buddy, etc. This is about exercising your willpower and getting into the right mindset.

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  • Be realistic
    2 / 4 Be realistic

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    If it’s been a long time since you last worked out, set yourself a realistic goal based on your current fitness level. Use your previous fitness level as a gauge and reduce those aims by about 20 to 30 per cent, and use that as your starting point. It might be good to speak to a trainer or nutritionist for expert advice. It’s important to get the basics right first and have clear fitness and dietary goals.

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  • Do something you love
    3 / 4 Do something you love

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    Find activities that not only give you the desired outcomes but which you also enjoy doing. You plan(s) should feel exciting and motivating, like a fun challenge not a chore. Creating plans that evoke these kinds of emotions and imagery can make the hard work more enjoyable. Try a new class or workout, or get together with a friend who is also looking to get fit.

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  • Listen to your body
    4 / 4 Listen to your body

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    Remember that exercise ultimately places stress on your body, so it’s important to pay attention to any aches and pains you may experience. It is normal to feel soreness in your muscle for a few days, especially if you haven’t worked out in a long time. If there are certain aches or pains that are unusual, take the time to consult a physician. It takes time to build up your fitness level, so listen to your body and don’t over do it.

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