Thursday, October 17, 2013

Working out: How to get back to the grind

I'm back in the thick of working out again. No more excuses. I let it slide, I have to get back on track, that's all. Sometimes easier said than done, I know. But it can be done. I've done it before.

For starters, I need to find that motivation. Some folks relate exercise to eating. They look at exercise as their ticket to guilt-free eating. I don't. I don't believe that's how it works. I simply enjoy working out. I like the endorphin rush and the feel-good-after. And tank tops being my regular garb, I have to get my definition back.

Getting back to the grind isn't always a smooth path though. At best, there will be false starts. This is real life, not Keeping Up With the Fardashians. I may get all enthusiastic one morning and beat myself up for a half hour, then nothing for 3 days. It's sometimes slow-going at first but once I get my rhythm back, it's all going to work out, literally.

I don't try to do too much at first. You fire up a disused engine, it's bound to splutter for a bit. I just listen to my body and if it says, I'm tired, I say, okay, fine, let's stop here today. I was sore at first, that's normal, but it's important to give your muscles time to recover and get readjusted. So I usually start out light, go easy and ease back into things.

I'm back on track now. It's been 3, 4 weeks. I'm so crazy I even work out on Sundays. Heck, I never work out on Sundays. What's wrong with me (lol)? But that's just how good it feels to be back.

Anyone else starting to work out after a break? Care to share your tips? I'm sure we could all use some fresh ideas. If you're finding it hard to reestablish your workout routine, you might want to give my tips a try and let me know how they work for you :)