Well, I did it. After quite the hiatus (a solid year-plus) of not doing official workouts other than walking my dog, I signed up for a new gym membership, and am officially ready to get back in the game! But saying is much easier than doing, and anyone whose gone through trying to stick to something, whether it’s working out, a diet, or forming a new habit, knows the struggle.
So when you’re ready to ease back into working out, where do you begin? Here are five tips to help get you started.
(1) Get a Workout Buddy
This is key for me. If I don’t have someone to hold me accountable for working out, chances are I’ll bail. Because what sounds better after a long day than relaxing on the couch with some Netflix, right?! It’s even better if your workout buddy is at the same level as you in terms of gym status.
(2) Take It Slow
Just because you decided you want to get back into a good workout routine doesn’t mean you need to go crazy on day one. Take it slow and listen to your body. If an exercise you’re doing is too much for you, scale it back. Just because the person next to you is lifting 100 pounds of weights doesn’t mean you need to be too. Everyone has to start somewhere, do what works for you.
(3) Do Lots of Stretching
Stretching is incredibly important, especially if its been a while since you’ve done any kind of workout. You’ll feel 100 times worse if you don’t. While small stretches throughout the day are great, be sure to add a little extra stretch pre- and post-workout.
(4) Create a Killer Playlist
There’s nothing that gets me moving quite like good music! Figure out what gets you energized and pull a playlist of a few songs together to get you started. Not sure which tunes to start with? Fitness Magazine has several great playlists to get you started, depending on what type of workout you’re doing.
(5) Buy New Workout Gear
Bribery also works great when it comes to getting yourself motivated. Picking up some new workout gear such as clothes and shoes can really help give you that extra push you need to get started. These are the most comfortable workout pants I’ve ever owned, if you’re looking for a recommendation!
Are you looking to ease back into working out? What gets you motivated to get up and moving?