How to get back into your fitness routine after taking a break.
So maybe you are just starting out or you are a competing champion that has pushed yourself beyond your training limits and just want to reward yourself with some much needed time off. No problem, you deserve a break for achieving your fitness goals. The problem is, once you've stopped and lost momentum it can be very difficult to get back into a routine. Here are a few ways to help get you back on track.
Firstly, find a picture of someone you admire with the body you wish to achieve. For me, that person is Jamie Eason - Fitness Model. On those days when you find training particularly difficult I find it really helps to have a picture of her on my phone. I simply place it in front of me on the treadmill or bike and sweat my way to her killer abs.
If you have been denying it to yourself that you really let yourself go, then it's time to look in a mirror. Stand in front of the mirror and really take a look at your body. Is it what you want it to look like? Are you happy with yourself? Can you actually see a significant difference in your body? Eyes can be deceiving, however, so jump on the scale and physically measure the change.
Look at pictures of yourself in your best shape. Compare the best shape you with your current body. The best type of bodybuilding motivation is seeing your own progress and knowing that you were strong enough to get to that point. It's always easy to look at professional models and say "well they were born that way I could never look like that" but if your goal is simply to look the way you used to then you know you can easily achieve it again.
The most important tool to get you back on track is having a plan. You will probably hear this saying a lot in the fitness industry but here it is again, "If you fail to plan you plan to fail". This could be the reason you fell off track in the first place. It is vital to map out your goals and know exactly how you plan to achieve them. Meals and workouts need to be measured and prepared in advance. For your best chance at success you really should be cooking all your meals 2 or 3 days ahead of time. This way you know exactly what you're putting into your body, reducing the chances that you will binge on junk food. For workouts, you should be recording your results every gym session. You should know exactly what you are training before you get to the gym and make a habit of recording how much you lift so that you can beat it in your next session.
This may sound obvious but actually go to the gym. Planning is good and all but what's the use if you procrastinate actually going to the gym. Just get up and go. Do not give yourself time to talk yourself out of it. It is hard. If it were easy everyone would be doing it. So actually try and push yourself until it just becomes a habit. Bring a friend to train with you. You are less likely to skip a gym session if you have someone relying on you. Or get a personal trainer. Having someone there to push you and motivate you can really make a significant difference to your transformation.
Give yourself a cheat meal once a week or once a month. That way you have something to look forward to and you are less likely to cheat when you have a bad meal planned. It is very important that you do schedule the meal in advance otherwise a cheat meal can easily become a cheat day, or even cheat week and before you know it you are right back to where you started. It is important to remember that if you do slip up that it's not the end of the world. Just forget it and keep eating clean.Hopefully, following these tips, you will be able to establish lasting foundations for a long and healthy lifestyle.