Want to Get Back into Fitness? 3 Tips to Restart Your Workout Habit

Across the majority of the country, people tend to be less active throughout the winter and more active in the summer. It makes sense: When the weather is nice you have fewer excuses to skip your workout! But if you’re still struggling to get back into exercising after taking time off, there are some things you can do to make it easier. Try these three simple tricks to feel more motivated than ever:

  1. Set a goal. Having a personal goal is an amazing motivational tool—you’ll feel good as you make progress towards it each week, which can help keep you on track. You don’t want it to feel impossible though, which is why the best kinds of goals are small. Maybe it’s being able to run for 10 minutes without stopping or doing one new workout class a week for a month. Once you hit that goal, come up with the next one and make it a little harder. Soon your 10 push-ups will turn into 25 and, before you know it, you’ll be able to do 50!
  2. Bring a buddy. Making plans to go to the gym with a friend makes it a lot harder to skip your workout. Try to pick someone who is emotionally supportive—you can both encourage each other as you go after your goals. It’s also a lot easier to try a new class or intimidating piece of equipment when you have a friend by your side.
  3. Make sure you’re having fun. Don’t force yourself to do a workout you hate. Instead, experiment with different activities until you find one you love. Try a Zumba class, hop on your bike or sign up for yoga—there are lots of different options for working out in Michigan, so don’t make yourself do something you don’t enjoy.

What are your tips for getting back into your workout routine? Share with us in the comments.

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  1. Good tips. I would add that I have broken up my daily routine in to short time frames. This works when I am crunched for time – and to deal with the “I don’t have time to exercise” excuse I used to give. As an example, I would do 10 minutes in the morning, 10 during lunch, and 10 more minutes later in the day. When busy I found it easier to do them in smaller time amounts.

  2. Small goals, like you said in your article, are key. As long as you just show up and do your best at each workout, you can start small and slowly build up. The key is just to do *something*, no matter how small it all adds up.

    Thanks for sharing this post, hope to read more from you in the future!

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