How to Start Exercising Again After a Long Break

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I have a good friend who has pretty much given up all hope of exercising. She was on a roll in the beginning of the year but after a bout with the flu, she stopped exercising and eventually lost interest all together. Unfortunately, many people get in a rut and find it hard to pull themselves out when it comes to exercising.

I was in a rut for a very long time, years in fact, when I wouldn't exercise at all. Family would pester me about the importance of exercising and I just blew it all off because I wasn't motivated.

Below, I am sharing what I think will benefit anyone like my friend who is stuck in a rut and needs motivation to start working out again.

Get a check up - A lot of times, it takes a doctor to tell you that you need to drop some weight, lower your cholesterol, and other health issues to get you moving again. If you have a purpose, it may motivate you to take action.

Walk first - When you haven't exercised in a long time, your motivation level is very low. Walking is one of the simplest exercises to use in order to get back into the habit. Once you can walk, then you can build up to a jog, and eventually a run.

Invest in an iPod - I can't workout without music. Listening to your own playlist is extremely motivating so I suggest investing in an Apple iPod or other mp3 player.

Learn something new - Most of the time people who don't like exercise don't like it because it's boring. If that's the case for you, do something that won't feel like exercise like learning martial arts, swimming, learning tennis, boxing lessons, etc.

Become an expert - Pick an activity and become a pro at it. For example, maybe you've always wanted to run a marathon or become a bodybuilder. It doesn't matter if you're out of shape now, just pick what you like, train and become an expert in it.

I think the best way I avoid exercise ruts is by not going too long without workout out. I have stayed consistant about working out so it has become a habit like flossing. When it becomes a habit, then it is harder to break.

Have you experienced exercise ruts? How did you break out of them?

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