Today we’re going to talk about getting back into a fitness routine after downtime. Maybe that downtime came during a particularly rough pregnancy. Perhaps you suffered an injury. Maybe you just lost your mojo and couldn’t quite get on your feet for a while. For me, it was a combination of all those things over the course of many years. Whatever your reason, there comes a time when you have to put your feet down…then stand up on them and get yourself moving!
I know what it’s like to face a rough time getting back to fitness after being out of shape for a while. I have back problems that make it difficult to do anything too strenuous. I let that be my excuse for a long time. Not anymore, though! I’m ready to get back to fitness, and I want YOU to come with me! After all, it’s easier to do something when you have a buddy!
Tips for Getting Back on Your Feet and Back to Fitness
One of my biggest downfalls when it comes to getting fit is planning. I “plan” to work out, I “plan” out different activities and ideas, download workout music, look for videos, make lists. Plan, plan, plan. Planning is great if you follow through! If you’re like me, though, who just LOVES making lists but doesn’t actually DO anything with them, it’s not so great for getting yourself into a fitness routine. Instead, just get up and go. Start today. Now. Do anything. Take a walk. Go for a swim. Just start.
Think Outside the Gym
Another big downfall for me is thinking that it only counts if I’m doing certain types of activities. Running, walking on a treadmill, swimming brisk laps. You know, the things that are on all those lists of exercises. So I think “I don’t have time to go to the gym” or “it’s too hot to go running” or “my back can’t handle jumping jacks.” If this is you, think of fitness in a new way. Playing tag with your kids, going on a nature walk or taking a bike ride for fun are all ways to get moving and get back into a fitness routine. You can work your way up to the harder stuff if you want!
Stay Comfortable in Your Own Skin
One of the most important parts of getting back to fitness is making sure you stay comfortable when you’re doing it. If you wear clothing that is too restrictive, heavy or otherwise just plain uncomfortable, you’ll be miserable. You’ll equate that miserable feeling with working out when really it’s all about the clothing. Sports Authority’s new Champion GEAR keeps you comfortable in style! With Sports Authority’s new Champion GEAR, it’s “all gain, no pain.” Their advanced moisture-wicking fabrics help you keep your cool during even the sweatiest workouts. Their women’s Marathon v-neck short-sleeve running t-shirt, for example, is made with Vapor® technology, which not only wicks sweat and moisture off your skin, but also dries fast so you don’t look like you’ve been doused with water during your workout. It’s super soft and doesn’t chafe or irritate your skin.
The Champion GEAR® women’s woven running shorts are my favorite! They’re also designed with the Vapor® technology to really maximize ventilation and keep you cool. Even if you’re not planning to do any running, these are ideal shorts for getting back to fitness! They have a built-in brief, which means you don’t have to wear anything else under them.
Aside from being comfortable, they’re really cute! Look at the fun colors and detail. Those pretty details serve a purpose (other than making the shorts stylish). They’re reflective, which keeps you safer if you’re working out in low-light conditions.
Champion GEAR comes in a variety of styles and colors for the whole family and is available exclusively at Sports Authority both online and in stores. It’s definitely “A New Kind of Champion,” offering a luxury feel and fit at totally affordable prices.
Make it a Fun Family Affair Getting fit with your kids is way more fun than getting fit alone! Kids are naturally energetic. They’re also naturally creative. Ask your kids to come up with some fun ideas to help everyone in the family exercise more. Maybe you could build obstacle courses in your back yard or create your own triathlon. When it becomes more about bonding than about working out, you’re more likely to stick to it.
Be Proud of Yourself Give yourself a pat on the back when you stick to your goals, even if it’s the first day. Too often we look ahead at the giant picture and think “I still have so far to go” rather than “I have come so far.”
Getting back to fitness after down time is challenging, but it’s so worth it. I’m up for the task if you are! Don’t forget to grab some comfy workout gear! Find Champion GEAR exclusively at Sports Authority.
Do you have any other tips to help get back on track with fitness goals? Tell me in the comments!