GIRL'S GUIDE TO GETTING BACK TO THE GYM
Updated: Jan 5
Getting back into the gym after a period of time away can be intimidating and stressful. It's almost as bad as going for the first time ever. You forget workouts, can find yourself not knowing what to do, and even get that feeling of wanting to just walk out.
When you stop going to the gym not only do you lose the hard work you had put in, but you lose the energy and the motivation you had. Life happens, things change - the result sometimes is that you think you need to cut out hobbies/things that take up a lot of time. I used to go to the gym at least 4-5x a week, BUT life changed for me- adjusting to a new job, moving in with my boyfriend, and a few other things. The result was that my time at the gym suffered.
Not only did it effect my time in the gym, it effected my motivation, my energy, and even my confidence. I always thought when people talked about how working out made such a difference in your life, they were over exaggerating. Unfortunately, they weren't and I found this out the hard way.
Personally, not only did I realize my energy was lacking but I hate my body these days. People can tell you how great you look, but when you're used to being fit and you notice how your body has changed and the muscle you lost - you don't take those words to heart. This was my motivation!
So without ranting for days, here is my guide to getting back in the gym!
GETTING TO THE GYM!
The biggest step is the first one! Getting motivated is easier said then done. Find something to motivate you to be there, something strong enough to push through your excuses.
Quit telling yourself you don't have time. You do! Differentiate between your desire to be lazy and not wanting to go versus actually being busy. You might not be able to make it every day, but you can make time at least 2-3x a week.
PUSH THROUGH YOUR LACK OF ENERGY
Your energy won't come back over night. If you're like me and you haven't been to the gym consistently in a long time- you will find the lack of energy can be all consuming.
I've gotten to the gym before, 2 sets in and wanted to leave. You have to make the choice to stay and power through. I PROMISE you will be glad you didn't leave. Push through and get your workout done. You will slowly gain that energy back and feel 100x better.
BACK IN THE GYM, NOW WHAT?
MAKE A GYM PLAN!
It's almost as if you had just stepped in the gym for the first time, you won't remember everything. Write it down, look up workouts, and have a plan. Until you get your groove back and know your favorite workouts - don't get caught in a moment of not knowing what to do. The minute you are standing there unsure of what to do next, you are taking the chance of walking out and calling it a day.
UNDERSTAND YOU NEED TO RE-LEARN IT ALL
Don't get frustrated that you don't remember how to do everything. You are going to have to start from the beginning and that means re-learning workouts until that muscle memory kicks in. Not only is it understanding how to do certain workouts, but you have to remember that your body can't handle the same things you used to do. Take it easy and give yourself time to get back to that place you were in.
GET A GYM BUDDY
When in doubt, find someone to workout with you. Someone that will push you! Whether they know what they're doing or they're just starting in the gym themselves. Get someone who won't distract you but will make you work hard.
ASK FOR HELP
Don't be stubborn and don't be afraid to get help from a trainer. Sometimes doing a few sessions to refresh and have someone hold you accountable is exactly what you need.
MAKING IT A HABIT
COMMIT TO IT
No more on and off weeks. COMMIT TO THE GYM. Pick 3 days a week you know you can go, and don't miss those days. If you have to reschedule- swap for another day. Whatever you do, DO NOT SKIP or lessen your time at the gym. Once you start slacking off again
Once you get started, don't stop! Keep going and stick to the gym. You will get your results back and find your way back to being confident, energized, and motivated to do your best & be your best.
I hope you take these few steps into consideration as you're getting back to the gym. Work hard because it's worth it. You will thank yourself later and you will feel a million times better. It will take a lot of effort in the beginning but will eventually become so much easier to stay accountable and committed to the gym
Until Next Time,