You started out on a roll with your exercise but you fell off the wagon, and the longer you went without exercising the harder it was to get started again. Sound familiar?
If you’ve taken a break from exercise, intended or not, you know that the struggle is REAL when it comes to getting back into your routine!
BUT, it’s time to dust off your active wear, climb out of that butt groove you created in the couch and get your exercise mojo back with our 5 simple and actionable tips!
1.Know Your Why!
It’s easy to forget the reasons why you enjoyed exercising or the benefits you felt when you aren’t doing it!
I’ll bet you can think of heaps of reasons you can’t or don’t want to get back into exercise though!
Write Down all of the benefits of Pilates that you have experienced in the past!
Here are a few to get you started
More time for yourself,
A sense of achievement
Feeling strong and fit
Able to chase the kids around
Now stick them where you will see them often, like on your fridge or the toilet door, to remind you of all the awesome benefits you got from your Pilates routine!
Not only will this help you get your mojo back, but it will also keep your WHY front of mind! So,when the inevitable happens and, you’ve had a bad day or the kids are running an absolute muck, instead of cancelling your Pilates class you can look at that list and use it as your motivation!
And on those days especially, once you finish that class, give yourself a freaking reward sister!
2. Stop waiting for the Perfect Time- it doesn’t exist
How often do you tell yourself that you’ll book back into your Pilates Class when you have more time? OR When you aren’t working as much? OR when the kids sports die down?
It’s easy to tell ourselves that we will start again later, when the conditions are just right! But let’s face it, the conditions are never going to be right, there will never be a perfect time for anything.
Book that Class today and don’t let yourself cancel it!
3. Lower your expectations
If it’s been a little while since you’ve been to a class or exercised, then you’ve probably lost some of your strength and fitness.
You probably know this though and I bet you are still worrying that you won’t be as fit or as strong as you used to be.
Well, Stop that thinking, because it’s totally OK if you aren’t where you used to be!
It’s OK if things have changed. You don’t have to be The Best or The Fittest or The Strongest.
You just have to be where you are at this very point in time. Allow your workout to meet you where your fitness level is.
Maybe attend a beginner class instead of an intermediate class, OR ask your instructor to modify some exercises for you.
Allow yourself to start again and build back up!
4. Motivation comes in waves - no one is motivated all of the time.
Motivation is a tricky one, I think we assume that people who exercise a lot have a never-ending supply of motivation, but that’s NOT true. What they do have is a habit and a routine!
So instead of trying to “find the motivation” to get yourself to class or to,instead, try to create a habit.
Pre-book and prepay for your class,(you’re already invested this way)
Set an alarm on your phone or pencil your exercise into your diary and train yourself to work on autopilot!
5. Don’t be afraid to change your session!
Doing something is better than nothing! So don’t be afraid to change up your routine on those days when you are feeling extra tired and like you really don’t want to exercise.
You’ll be surprised how much better you’ll feel for exercising anyway!
Instead of doing a really hard class, jump into an easier session.
Tell the instructor that you’re not feeling like your usual self and that you might take it a bit easier.
So when the time comes for you to re-start your routine again (NOW).
Remember! give yourself a break, allow yourself to start again and let your Pilates class meet you at the level you are at instead of the other way around!
Steph & The Pilates HQ Team
If it’s been a little while between Pilates classes, then we would love to help you get back into a routine and on the path to feeling happier, healthier and stronger.
You can book your classes here or maybe you need a little more support and guidance to get find your old fit, healthy & happy self, then our new Find Your Fit Course is definitely For you - read more about it here!