Submitted by: Cathy
My life over the last few months has been about work…making Divorced Women Online the best I knew it could be. Then there is the elderly parent and the teenage son. They don’t take a lot of time but they do deplete emotional energy which leaves less motivation to get up and get busy with a regular exercise routine.
I’ve also had some health issues that caused fatigue and pain. Instead of working through the pain I’ve chosen to allow the pain to take control. Not my normal nature but hey, life throws us curve balls at times and we deal as best we can.
I noticed over the weekend that I’m doing some emotional eating. A twinge of anxiety found me standing in front of an open refrigerator. A hint if the doldrums and the pantry door flew open. I was filling all the empty places with food…food that was quick and easy. Food that leaves it mark on my hips, thighs and waistline and psyche.
I should seriously consider buying sweatpants that read “Oreos” across the seat. Either that or get up and get moving which I think is the better option.
The problem for those of us who are hoping to get back into a fitness routine after a fitness break is going from contemplation to action. I’m in a contemplating frame of mind and I’m finding my greatest hurdle to be getting up and getting going.
I want to go back to this time last year. I weighed 20 pounds less and put taking care of myself physically and emotionally on the top of my list of things to do. Today my fitness life is defined by inertia. If you are feeling that same inertia below are a few tips to help you get up and get moving.
How to go from inactive to active:
Contemplation: All good things start with a thought. If you are like me they way back is to first contemplate but not for too long. And no negative contemplation. The only way to get up off the couch and get going is to talk yourself into a regular exercise routine, not talk yourself out of one.
Preparation: Being prepared, for me at least means deciding on what activity I will enjoy and will fit into my schedule. I know from experience that working out in the evenings better suits me and my lifestyle. So, it will be power walks around the neighborhood and 30 minutes on the treadmill. I also know that if I don’t do it nightly it won’t become a regular part of my routine.
The key is to not push yourself into doing something your aren’t going to enjoy. Find that perfect activity that is going to give you the benefits you are looking for and keep you motivated to make it a regular routine.
Take Action: This is the hard part…get up and get going! No moving back into the contemplate stage. The time for thinking about it is past. The reality is, it should only take a few months at most to get back to a good level of fitness. Think of it this way, time is going to pass whether you get active or not. How you feel in a few short months depends on how active you become today.
Slow and steady wins the race, so if you’re coming back to exercise after a break, don’t push yourself to get right back up to your old fitness level too soon. Little and often is a good way to start; getting out for moderate exercise twenty minutes every day is better than mammoth sessions with many days in between, and daily exercise can help with the psychological aspects of forming a good workout habit. If you’ve been putting off starting, there’s no time like the present! The sooner you get moving, the easier it will be.
- Have you been on a fitness break?
- What were the circumstances that lead to your break?
- What is your action plan?