5 Ways to Jump Back on the Exercise Train

by Heather

I’m an all or nothing kind of person.

Train for a half marathon? Sure, no problem. Train for a tri? Ok, that’s cool. Only do low impact exercise? Woah you lost me….

When I first hurt my knee, I was completely benched. No running, no biking, no yoga. As it’s gotten better, I can add things that don’t hurt- swimming, Pilates, weight training.

So why haven’t I? If I can’t do it all, I don’t do anything. But that’s not working any more- time to get back in the swing of things!

How to Get Back in the Exercise Habit

1. Find something that motivates you.

Want to be able to do 100 push-ups? Run a 5k? Feel confident on vacation?

Figure out what lights your fire & don’t forget it.

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2. Put it on the books.

Schedule it. Decide when you’re going to exercise and jot it down on the calendar or on your daily to do list. Put it anywhere- as long as you’ll see it.

schedule workouts

3. Try something new.

Not being up to par with your old abilities can be discouraging. Who says you have to stick with the same thing? Find a new class or activity to try like LA Boxing, air yoga, or pole dancing.

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4. Enlist a friend.

You wouldn’t stand a friend up, right? Knowing they’re waiting for you can make all the difference to get you out the door, whether it’s for a walk, a iron pumping session, or a PiYo class.

5. Start small.

Nobody says you have to run a marathon. Go for a walk. Do a 20 minute ab video. Every bit counts.

What have you done to get back into exercising?

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Alex @ I Eat Asphalt September 14, 2010 at 8:30 am
When I broke my foot I got really irritated with not being able to to do much. Walking hurt, going on an elliptical killed me. But I found cycling, something that I am really starting to love. I never thought I would say that, but there is just something incredible about being on a bike and going 30 mph.
Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life September 14, 2010 at 10:03 am
What a great post! I'll need this when I get back to exercising after the baby gets here!
Nutritious Foodie September 14, 2010 at 10:51 am
Great tips :) Hope all is well with you. I am finally coming back to blogging... after a short and busy summer
Heather September 17, 2010 at 9:17 am
Yay you're back!! :)
Heather (Heather's Dish) September 14, 2010 at 11:03 am
check out those muscles girl! i love these simple tips too...exercise is such a hard thing to fit in sometimes but this makes it a lot easier!
Nichole September 14, 2010 at 1:58 pm
Encouraging tips! Love the wonder woman pic of you!
Karyn September 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm
killer muscles! i am jealous :) nice and simple things are probably the best in order to get back into the swing of things.
Amy B @ Second City Randomness September 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm
I definitely like having something to train for- so I make sure I keep on track by signing up for a bigger race (like the 15k I'm doing in November). Killer arms, lady! I'm jealous!
Lisa September 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm
I usually don't fall off the exercise wagon. In fact this is the first break I've had in a long time!
Estela @ Weekly Bite September 14, 2010 at 7:47 pm
Great muscles!!!! And great tips :)
Lisa September 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm
Great great tips indeed!!!! I like to have my workouts written on my calendar :)

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