Let’s start this off with being honest, shall we? We’ve all done it. We’re all guilty of it, and we’ll all probably continue to be guilty with it – we’ve let our workout routines slip. With the festive season comes cold weather, mountains of food and a general penchant for being just a little bit lazy, and that’s okay. In fact, we encourage the relaxation! But what do you do when you’ve fallen out of love with your fitness regime and can’t seem to get yourself back on your feet? Never fear, Thomas Royall are here to help! We’ve pulled together just a few tips and tricks for rekindling your love for fitness this New Year.
- Stop Feeling Guilty And Accept Your Current Situation
The first step to actually getting back into your routine is to accept that you lost it. Yes, really. Accept the Christmas season for the distraction that it is and stop feeling guilty for falling into the trap! We’re allowed to celebrate and have fun, and there should be absolutely no guilt about that extra minced pie you snuck on Christmas Eve, or the box of chocolates you probably should never have bought in the after-season sales. People slip out of their routines all the time, and that doesn’t make you weak, so stop telling yourself that you are!
- Find A Time That Works For You
One of the reasons that people slip from their routines is simply that their routine isn’t viable anymore… so make a new one! If you discover that you aren’t finding the usual time to go for a jog or take a visit to the gym suitable for you anymore, then shake things up and find time somewhere else. If you have to change your workout to fit, then try that! Doing something different can bring the passion for fitness back all on its own, so isn’t it worth a shot? Whatever the case, find a routine and workout times that fit you, and stick to it.
- Find A New Exercise Or Do Something You Enjoy
Tired of the same old workouts? Then find something else to do. If you’re used to sitting on the exercise bikes and jogging on the treadmills at the gym, why not take up a sport instead? If you’re used to long walks, how about switching out the grassy paths for an indoor swimming pool and doing a few laps every day? Exercise isn’t only a gym-based activity, so don’t let it be. Find something active that you enjoy doing, and work it into your fitness routine as best you can. Trust us, you’ll be more inclined to actually follow your routine if it’s an activity that you want to do.
- Be Reasonable!
Just because you stopped exercising for a few weeks over Christmas, doesn’t mean that you’ve put on all of the weight you’ve worked on losing, nor does it mean that your ‘beach body’ can’t be toned up a little. In fact, your body might even be thankful for the break. Whatever the case, be reasonable when you come to get back into it. If you were running miles before your break, it might be worth cutting back down and working back up to where you were before so you don’t strain your body. Be reasonable and realistic with your fitness goals, and you’ll be far more likely to not only reach them, but exceed them too.
- If All Else Fails, Treat Yourself!
If all else fails and you really can’t get yourself back into fitness, treat yourself! Buy those new men’s swim shorts you’ve been wanting, or pick up a few new workout accessories. With new things comes new motivation and sometimes it just takes a little bit of material motivation to get back into the swing of things.
Whether you’ve been too chilled out over the past month with your family, or you’ve just been too swamped in the Christmas rush to keep up with your routine, there are so many reasons why people can lose their fitness motivation at this time of year. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get that motivation back, and we hope we’ve helped you find the method that works best for you!