So far, 2020 has been physically and mentally taxing…and that’s before the workout even starts! It seems like it’s just been one thing after the other since the year began.
Is it 2021 yet?
While you’ve been cooped up at home, it’s a safe bet your fitness motivation has fallen by the wayside. It’s understandable. Unable to hit the gym or venture too far outside your bubble, you’ve probably been working out at home, which is easier said than done when you have limited space or equipment. Thanks, global pandemic.
And it’s not over yet. But at least you’re getting out again. At least you’re emerging from the lockdown lull. Now it’s time to dig deep and find the motivation to regain – and even eclipse – your pre-lockdown level of fitness.
With so much time out of the gym, it may take some time to get your strength back. But you’ve got to start somewhere.
Here’s what you can do to spark your motivation and start working out as you did before!
1. Find the time (you don’t need much!)
After being forced to take a break from your usual workout routine, you might wonder how you managed to squeeze it into your daily schedule. Breaking routine is easy. Developing a routine takes work. And 2020’s events are likely to have shifted your priorities.
You found the time before, and you can find the time again… it might just look a little different.
If you’re serious about getting your workouts back on track, creating a schedule is a great place to start. With a view of your entire week, you’ll be able to see where you’re free to work out and prioritize your physical and mental wellbeing. It may not be the same time each day, but the point is that you’ll intentionally reserve that time to focus on you.
2. Revisit your workout goals
Unless you’re among the highly motivated few who upped the ante during the lockdown and worked out harder than they’d ever done before, your fitness levels have probably taken a step or two back from where they once were.
That’s ok! We’re all in the same boat… well, most of us.
This is your opportunity to revisit your workouts and decide what it is you’re working towards.
So, what’s the goal going to be?
- Weight loss?
- Increased cardiovascular fitness?
- All of the above?
Your goals might look different from what they were pre-lockdown.
They might look the same.
Whatever they are, it’s how you intend to achieve them that counts.
Once you’ve scheduled time for your daily workout, break down what you’ll focus on in each session. This takes the hassle out of having to come up with a workout on the spot and ensures you stay focussed on your goals.
3. Ease back in, slowly
As you strive to get back to your peak physical fitness, it’s important to start slow. Remember, your body’s had a break, so while it’s exciting to hit the gym again, going guns blazing is not a great idea.
Studies show that fitness and strength levels drop after two weeks of reduced workouts. Jumping in and working out like you did pre-lockdown could leave you feeling disheartened, or worse, could lead to injury.
To be able to be consistent in your workout routine, you must take care of your body.
- Warm-up before every workout (don’t skimp! At least 5-10 minutes).
- Use lighter weights until you feel your physical strength building up again.
- Focus on core strength to avoid back injury.
- Stretch, stretch, stretch! Recover from every workout with a good stretch routine.
4. Keep it consistent
You know the saying: “consistency is key”. If there’s one thing to strive for in getting your workouts back on track post-lockdown, it’s precisely that: consistency.
Some days you’ll be filled with motivation. Other days, not so much.
It’s when you least feel like working out that you need to work out even harder. You’ll never regret a workout, so stick to your schedule. You’ll feel better for it.
Simply showing up and putting in the work – even when you aren’t at your best – beats holding out for that perfect session every time.
Every time you do, you’ll unlock more motivation potential, bringing you one step closer to making daily workouts a regular part of your routine.
5. Hold yourself accountable
Who doesn’t love a good before and after photo?
It’s hard to notice changes in yourself. Using photos to document your progress lets you see how far you’ve come and will help you stay on track. Be proud of positive changes and practice accountability in times when you steer off course.
If photos aren’t your thing, consider working out with a fitness buddy. Partnering up with a like-minded friend is a great way to support, motivate, and hold each other accountable as you both strive to achieve your fitness goals.
6. Look after your body and brain during a tough year
Right now, stress levels are high, and fitness levels are low.
Getting your workouts back on track will enable you to balance the two.
The lockdown was unpredictable, but you’re already well aware of the impact that poor fitness levels can have on your mental and physical well-being.
Girls, did you know regular aerobic exercise helps to relieve symptoms of PMS?
Guys, did you know working out can boost your testosterone and alleviate the signs of erectile dysfunction?
The fitter you are. The healthier you are. The more ailments you can keep at bay. It’s that simple.
So now’s the time to take back 2020 and get your workouts (and life) back on track. Stay motivated and beat that lockdown lull!
About The Author:
Robert Jacob loves all things travel, lifestyle, and fitness, and now he has a little more time on his hands he’s finally able to put virtual pen to digital paper to share his interests with the world (wide web)!.