5 Tips to Ease Back Into Working Out

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.

Want to get back into the routine of working out but not sure where to begin? Check out these helpful tips!

(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?



  1. Rachel Dean
    November 2, 2016 / 8:11 AM

    This is a great post for me. I’ve been down since May with an ankle issue and I can’t wait to get into exercising again. Thanks for the tips.

    • November 10, 2016 / 10:55 PM

      Glad to hear it, Rachel! I hope you’re able to get back in the swing of things easily!

  2. Ashley Stephenson
    November 2, 2016 / 8:12 AM

    I have been slacking a lot lately. I have been making tons of excuses of why I can’t get up and go to the gym in the morning. But I go on a cruise in a month and I need to shed a little extra weight so I gotta get with it!

    • November 10, 2016 / 10:59 PM

      Same! That’s why I think having a workout buddy really helps. I hope you have a great time on your cruise :) Where are you headed?

  3. Nicole D'Amato
    November 2, 2016 / 8:15 AM

    I think taking it slow is the most important step! If you rush back into it then you’ll fatigue your muscles super quick and be less likely to make a habit out of working out! I love all of these tips though. Keep it up! :) you got this!

    Thanks for sharing ❤️

    xo Nicole

    • November 10, 2016 / 11:00 PM

      Most definitely! Thanks for the encouragement, Nicole!

  4. Laura Dutton
    November 2, 2016 / 9:35 AM

    Thank you for sharing! I love a good playlist – music definitely affects how hard I work on the rare occasions that I’ve been for a run! (I really need to start going for runs again)

    • November 10, 2016 / 11:00 PM

      Me too! Do you have any favorite tunes?

  5. November 2, 2016 / 9:58 AM

    Girl, I needed this more than you know! It has been far too long since I have worked out! I think I know who I will ask to be my buddy and I might just have to go pick out some new workout gear this weekend :)


    • November 13, 2016 / 10:59 PM

      Hooray! Good luck getting back into the swing of it, you got this!

  6. Carola K
    November 2, 2016 / 10:06 AM

    I love the list. I just started working out and going to the gym. So I can relate and will keep these things in mind!

  7. Candy Kage
    November 2, 2016 / 10:40 AM

    I need to get back and yes stretching is a must

    • November 10, 2016 / 11:01 PM

      Exercising without stretching is the worst! I’m trying to get better about remembering to stretch more regularly!

  8. Abbey Phipps
    November 2, 2016 / 10:46 AM

    Taking it slow is so important. I’ve been trying to push it and basically I just die, so I need to take it a little bit slower apparently. Haha

    • November 10, 2016 / 11:12 PM

      I know the feeling, girl! You definitely feel the awful side effects in the days following, haha.

  9. Mostly Simple Life
    November 2, 2016 / 11:13 AM

    I need a new playlist to get me going! Great tips!

    • November 10, 2016 / 11:01 PM

      Thank you! I might have to put another good one together soon to share – music gets me moving too!

  10. November 2, 2016 / 11:15 AM

    thanks for these tips! Very helpful :)

  11. Heather Gullett Denniston
    November 2, 2016 / 11:29 AM

    Workout gear is the clincher. A new sparkly something really helps get you moving!

    • November 13, 2016 / 10:59 PM

      Without a doubt! Gotta love self-bribery :)

  12. November 2, 2016 / 11:58 AM

    Congrats on getting back into the gym. It was so hard for me to do after being gone for awhile. It’s worth it though. I agree that having a workout buddy makes it so much easier and holds you more accountable. Yes to lots of stretching! The last thing you want to do is strain a muscle or pull something. Not good. Great tips girl!

    • November 13, 2016 / 11:00 PM

      Thanks, Mistle! I feel like I go in phases with the gym, so I’m hoping this one lasts a while. I’ll definitely need it with all of the holiday eating this month and next, haha.

  13. November 2, 2016 / 12:06 PM

    If I didn’t have my husband to help me stay motivated to work out, I know that I wouldn’t be working out as much as I am! That’s a great tip to have a workout buddy!

    • November 10, 2016 / 11:15 PM

      Thanks, Ashley! Without a workout buddy I wouldn’t be exercising as much either!

  14. November 2, 2016 / 1:26 PM

    Oh gosh! I totally get this! I’m getting back into too! Decided to do 30 days of yoga to ease back in and it’s helping so much! Workout buddy is my favorite way to go!

    • November 10, 2016 / 11:14 PM

      You go girl! I actually did a yoga class last night – it’s a great way to ease back in!

  15. November 2, 2016 / 1:29 PM

    I couldn’t even imagine getting back into it after a year haha I took a month and a half off while we moved from Maine to California and I thought THAT was enough. It was so tough to get my butt to a new gym and get back at it. But I’m now 3ish weeks in and am feeling amazing again. It’s crazy how fast it improves your mental and physical health. The workout gear is what got me back so quickly haha it’s so bad. Don’t tell my husband. I legit bought all new workout gear to go back to the gym. Way too much money spent. BUT I’m back and feeling great! lol

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:34 PM

      I’ve taken my pup for plenty of walks so I haven’t been COMPLETELY lazy, but still. Going to the gym is definitely a commitment. It’s tough getting back into it, but so far I’m really glad I’ve been able to get some good workouts in! What kind of gear did you splurge on? I think I might need to pick up some new things (even though I know I shouldn’t either, haha).

  16. Christine
    November 2, 2016 / 2:00 PM

    I really need to get myself back into working out. I talk about it. I got on the treadmill twice last week, I guess that is a start.i think I do need a workout buddy like you mentioned.

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:32 PM

      It most definitely is a start! Sounds like you’re already getting in the right mindset for it – a workout buddy will definitely help keep you in check!

  17. November 2, 2016 / 3:47 PM

    You can do this! It’s all mental. As my trainer says… Where Your Mind Goes, Your Body Follows.

    • November 10, 2016 / 11:01 PM

      Great advice! Thank you!

  18. November 2, 2016 / 4:12 PM

    Taking it slow is such good advice! It’s so temping to jump right in at the pace where we left off and then it’s discouraging and feels impossible!

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:34 PM

      Thanks, Brittany. It’s so true! I took a spin class tonight and it’s been quite some time.. I definitely wasn’t at the same level I was a year ago!

  19. November 2, 2016 / 4:43 PM

    Yay! These are great tips and fun inspo to help me. I need to be more disciplined and especially need to take time on the stretching…super important!

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:35 PM

      So glad to hear it, Jessica! And yes! I think stretching is a big thing people forget easily!

  20. Amanda | Maple Alps
    November 2, 2016 / 5:05 PM

    Having a workout buddy is so so helpful!! Great playlists never hurt either ;)

    • November 10, 2016 / 11:02 PM

      It really is! I’m terrible at exercising without one!

  21. Brooklyn
    November 2, 2016 / 5:48 PM

    I’m starting to get back into working out again after also a year long hiatus. It is crazy to see how the workouts I used to do so easily my body just can’t do anymore. So I’m excited to (hopefully) take it slow and get back to where I used to be.


    • November 14, 2016 / 10:36 PM

      Right?! I took a spin class tonight and it’s definitely going to take some time to readjust to that workout + the bike seat, haha. Good luck getting back into your routine!

  22. November 2, 2016 / 7:48 PM

    Great tips! I’ve been feeling unmotivated lately between working full time as a lawyer, taking care of two kids, and then blogging on the side. These are good pointers for getting back into the game. Cheers!

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:38 PM

      Thanks, Jennifer! I don’t have kids, but I’ve been taking grad classes on top of working and blogging this past year, so I know the madness! I hope you’re able to find time to catch a workout class or at least get some R&R!

  23. November 2, 2016 / 7:52 PM

    Yes to all of this! Getting back into the gym can be tough. You’re going to rock this girl.

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:36 PM

      Thanks, Jenny! So far, so good! The biggest struggle’s going to be all of the food this time of year :) haha

  24. Luna C. Lupus
    November 2, 2016 / 7:56 PM

    Boom, totally what I needed! Been slacking with my workouts, so I’m glad I found this! :)


    • November 10, 2016 / 11:15 PM

      Thanks, Luna! So glad to hear it. Good luck :)

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:39 PM

      Oof, I’ve been there! Here’s to hoping we don’t overdo it but still get killer results :)

  25. Erin Elizabeth Beaupre
    November 2, 2016 / 8:33 PM

    I totally agree that great music and cute workout clothes make exercising better! :) Good for you for easing back into it slowly too :) -Erin at http://www.stayathomeyogi.com

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:39 PM

      Thank you! Do you have any favorite tunes that motivate you?

  26. November 2, 2016 / 9:46 PM

    I don’t stretch as much as I should. I recently started a running program (Couch 25K) and I’m trying to remind myself to stretch before and after.
    A killer playlist can make all the difference in the world when working out. I used Spotify for the longest time to listen to music while I work out, but lately I’ve been making my own playlists to be sure that every song is going to pump me up!

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:40 PM

      It’s SO important for me too! What are some of your fave playlist tunes? So awesome that you started the running program too – I’m not much of a runner but I’m hoping to change that by next year!

  27. Shem Hooda
    November 3, 2016 / 2:25 AM

    Oh my gosh, I came across this post at just the right time! It’s been SO long since I’ve been motivated to start working out again and I definitely needed something like this to get me motivated to ease back into it. Can’t wait to create a playlist and buy some new work out gear!

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:41 PM

      So glad to hear it! Playlist + new workout gear = almost a guaranteed success to get yourself to the gym, haha. Good luck getting back into it. You got this!

  28. November 3, 2016 / 2:54 AM

    I just started working out again. A killer playlist really works! Thanks fro the tips! :)

    • November 10, 2016 / 11:04 PM

      Totally agree! Do you have any fave tunes for your playlist?

  29. Faith
    November 3, 2016 / 9:24 AM

    I totally agree with the playlist, its the most important part of the workout!

    • November 10, 2016 / 11:05 PM

      Yaaa! Do you have any favorite playlist tunes?

  30. Patricia Conte
    November 3, 2016 / 9:59 AM

    This is so me! Summers in AZ are too hot to be outdoors so I kind of gave up on working out! And I soooo need to get back in the swing of things. Thanks for the helpful suggestions!

    • November 10, 2016 / 11:05 PM

      I totally relate. FL is the absolute worst for it too! Fall always seems to be the time when I start to kick it back into gear!

  31. November 3, 2016 / 10:07 AM

    New workout gear always motivates me!

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:31 PM

      Same! Do you have any favorite gear? I’m on the hunt for some new things!

  32. November 3, 2016 / 10:32 AM

    I am actually worse with a workout buddy, because every buddy I’ve tried to work out with has either bailed on me, I may not be in the mood to work out on that day but I am on another and would rather just go when I feel the timing is right for me. It’s also strangely hard to find a buddy whose at the same level as you, one thing I do love to do with a workout buddy though is go for walks, you can chat at the same time so it doesn’t feel like a workout as such, especially if you go dancing instead. I always scale pinterest our watch the Fitness Marshall if I need inspiration to workout too. Thank you for reminding me that I need to stick with this!

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:42 PM

      Oh no! I’ve been fortunate to have good workout buddies, but I think it’s also important to find a workout that you actually enjoy doing! Walking + chatting is the best though – especially as a little break to get away from your desk during the day!

  33. November 3, 2016 / 11:05 AM

    Thanks I need some motivation. so lazy about working out

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:30 PM

      I’m totally with you, girl! You can do it!

  34. linda spiker
    November 3, 2016 / 11:10 AM

    Great tips! Especially important when one has not been exercising on the reg!

    • November 10, 2016 / 11:04 PM

      Thanks, Silvia! Good luck getting back into the routine!

  35. November 3, 2016 / 12:12 PM

    These are ALL excellent tips! I have never found a gym that I liked at all, until about 7 months ago. I love my gym and have used all of these tips to ease back into working out! My workout buddy is my husband – we now go 4-6 times a week, which is a miracle because I hated working out before! :)

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:30 PM

      Thanks, Marlynn! So glad to hear you found a gym you like – I know it’s a tough thing to do! 4-6x a week is amazing! Keep it up :)

  36. November 3, 2016 / 12:42 PM

    I definitely think having a workout or accountability partner is a must!

    • November 10, 2016 / 11:11 PM

      Same! I have all of the excuses otherwise, haha.

  37. November 3, 2016 / 1:14 PM

    Girl I’m right there with you! I fell off of my training right before my half marathon and convinced myself I needed to join a gym for the first time. Great tips!

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:29 PM

      Thanks, Shane! How did your half marathon go?!

  38. Rada
    November 3, 2016 / 2:05 PM

    Great tips! I especially love the one about the buddy. Sometimes it’s very hard getting back into it and having a support system is essential.

    • November 10, 2016 / 11:10 PM

      Thanks, Rada! A workout buddy is key for me!

  39. November 3, 2016 / 2:50 PM

    I’m still trying to get back into working out, I think I’ll try to find a buddy to help keep us motivated.

    • November 10, 2016 / 11:16 PM

      It helps tremendously! Good luck getting back into a routine!

  40. November 3, 2016 / 2:53 PM

    you go girl! congrats. i have ‘gotten back into it’ so many times (because i’ve given up a lot lol) and i am in a really good spot with consistency right now and haven’t taken weeks or months off in over a year i think? which is really good for me. the buddy thing and new workout gear is crucial to my success lol. also, and this might sound ridiculous, but don’t do anything you don’t WANT to do. just because everyone else is running or on the elliptical, or doing weights or zumba doesn’t mean you have to. find what you ‘enjoy’ (or at least don’t despise) and don’t be afraid to switch it up or change your mind.

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:45 PM

      Thanks, Kristen! You’re such a good gym motivator – I hope I can be on your level one day, haha. I’m definitely with you on the finding something you enjoy! For a long time it was spin, but I took a loooooong break and just took a class for the first time today. It’s absolutely going to take some getting used to :)

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:43 PM

      Me too! It feels like just yesterday I was 8 and at the top of my flexibility game. Now the struggle is real, haha.

  41. Taylor Smith
    November 3, 2016 / 4:15 PM

    This is great.I am SO bad at working out consistently. I really want to get better at it. This is just the motivation I need!

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:45 PM

      Thanks, Taylor! Start with a good playlist – I think that’s the biggest motivator to get yourself up and moving!

  42. November 3, 2016 / 6:05 PM

    I can never decide if I want a workout buddy! I’d love someone to keep me honest about working out, but I don’t enjoy working out with someone! I want to put in my headphones and do my own thing!

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:47 PM

      So true! I think it depends on the type of workout you’re doing. Workout buddies are great for classes and training I think. If you can get yourself motivated to go without a workout buddy, major kudos!

  43. November 3, 2016 / 8:17 PM

    I NEED MOTIVATION. I’m in such a slump right now and these are great ideas….having a person to work out with and hold you accountable is great. I also love buying new clothes so I’ve noticed getting some cute new workout gear helps, too – like you said!

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:49 PM

      I know the feeling, Allison! A workout buddy + new clothes should help, for sure! You just have to bribe yourself sometimes, haha.

  44. Emily Bendler
    November 4, 2016 / 3:42 AM

    I workout at home and I find going to bed in workout clothes helps. Then you fall out of bed ready to workout!

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:48 PM

      Haha, that’s not a bad idea! I’m not much of a morning person though so it’d be tough for me to roll outta bed and be ready to run around.

  45. Sarah Jean
    November 4, 2016 / 10:39 AM

    Easing back into it is definitely key to sticking with it. Good luck!

  46. Tahnee
    November 4, 2016 / 12:44 PM

    ugh THIS WAS WRITTEN FOR ME…. I keep telling myself to go work out and can’t get around to it! haha thanks!

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:49 PM

      You can do it! A workout buddy was the biggest push for me and it’s helped SO much!

  47. Heather Gullett Denniston
    November 5, 2016 / 1:59 AM

    Seriously the new workout outfit is the bomb. it makes all the difference. Thanks for this great post.

    • November 10, 2016 / 11:17 PM

      Thanks, Heather! I totally agree!

  48. November 6, 2016 / 2:42 PM

    I’ve been trying to convince myself to go back down to the Y and reactivate our membership… I’ve definitely noticed how much of my flexibility I’ve lost and it makes me think that I need to be doing WAY more stretching than I have been doing! ;)

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:51 PM

      I know that feeling all too well, haha. I try to remind myself to stretch sometimes when I’m watching TV!

  49. November 6, 2016 / 2:47 PM

    The biggest thing that has helped me was having accountability. Knowing that I am paying for a gym membership or that the teacher will notice when I’m not there helps keep me in check. Also good music for sure.

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:53 PM

      Exactly! I paid for the year upfront to save but knowing how much it comes out to per month really has me motivated to make sure I’m getting the value!

  50. November 7, 2016 / 5:17 PM

    Good for you!! New workout gear always gets me going! Starting to buy post baby outfits to keep me motivated!

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:52 PM

      Thank you! Now that the membership is a sure thing, I need to find some new gear I think :) I’ve heard of so many awesome mom/baby/stroller workouts – you’ll have to check some of those out post-baby!

  51. November 9, 2016 / 10:24 PM

    I am definitely one of those people that goes all out on Day 1 after not working out for a while, and it’s always a mistake! Currently crazy-sore from doing just that a couple days ago!

    • November 14, 2016 / 10:55 PM

      Oh no! I did that with a new type of workout and am not sure I even knew some of the muscles were there until the soreness after, haha.

  52. November 13, 2016 / 10:29 PM

    Haha, I’ve totally been there before too. A workout buddy really helps!

  53. Alexis Alger
    November 15, 2016 / 10:08 AM

    love these tips! it’s amazing how much buying new work out clothes helps! lol

    -Lexi from http://www.thatFITfam.com

    • November 22, 2016 / 11:48 AM

      Thanks, Alexis! I couldn’t agree more :)

  54. November 21, 2016 / 9:19 AM

    I recently started working out again, and I’m really struggling! These tips are awesome, and I definitely should pick up new workout gear soon to inspire me ;)

    • November 22, 2016 / 11:48 AM

      Thanks, Caroline! I’m looking for some new gear too – hoping for some good Black Friday deals!