How To Get Back Into the Gym After the Holidays
Everyone knows what the holidays can do to people who regularly exercise. It’s hard to hit the gym when you have to travel, have family and friends visiting you, and face the distractions of good food and downtime that many people enjoy around the holidays. Let’s be honest you will most likely over eat and you will not regret it for a couple days after that. So after that you have to burn those extra pounds, and it might even be your New Year’s resolution to lose a few extra pounds. So how can you easily get back to the gym after the holidays have ended?
Start Small and Light
It’s easy to think that you can jump back into the workouts that you were used to doing before the busy holidays hit you. The reality is that you can’t just pick back up where you left off without risking injury to yourself or making yourself regret going back to the gym.
You need to motivate your body and mind to stick with the gym, and overdoing it will not convince your body and mind to keep at it. Just start with something small to get yourself moving and build your momentum and energy each week. Before you know it, working out at the gym will become a part of your routine again.
Don’t Overdo It
Remember that you didn’t get to where you are overnight. Building muscle and motivation takes time. If you overdo your workouts, you’ll end up sore, possibly injured, and exhausted. Allow yourself to gradually build up strength and energy again. Your patience will pay off.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up Over Slow Results
Since you can’t just pick back up where you left off, it will take some time to get the results that you want. Did you gain weight over the holidays? It is going to take some effort to see those pounds melt away, but consistency is key. As mentioned before, you didn’t get to where you are overnight. Just as it took some time to gain back some weight or lose some muscle mass, it will take time to lose the weight or gain some muscle back.
Don’t Forget to Stretch and Cool Down
The importance of stretching and cooling down can’t be underestimated. Stretching prepares your muscles for the hard work they’re about to undertake, and cooling down allows your heart to get back to its natural resting state. You’ll avoid injury by taking the time to stretch, and cooling down can help reduce some of the natural soreness you may experience after putting your body to work after the holiday time off.
Try 5-Minute Workouts
The holiday break can wear anyone down and leave you unmotivated to get back to the gym. The best thing to do is to try quick five-minute workouts. Once you have five minutes under your belt, you’ll be astonished at how quickly the five minutes went by. Perhaps you can try another five minutes since you made it through the first five. Breaking a task into small chunks makes it easier to accomplish.
Don’t Be Afraid to Try Something Different
Even when you haven’t had time off from the gym, doing the same thing over and over again can get boring. Your body can get used to the daily grind and train itself to accept what’s coming and adapt. It is a good idea to try something new to spark your interest and get your body out of familiar territory.
Fastest Results Come From the Kitchen
While the gym can tone your body and get you stronger, nothing will work quite like eating healthy. After all the junk food you may have been eating over the holidays, your diet needs to get back on track. A healthy diet promotes a healthy body, and you’ll see results from the gym much sooner when you’re eating right.
Whether you had a gym break over the holidays for just a few days or a few weeks, your body and mind need time to adjust when getting back to the gym. Take your time, try new things, and remember to eat a healthy diet to get the results you want and to maintain motivation to keep returning to the gym and get the best of your workouts.
Joe Humphries is a contributing writer and media specialist for Orangetheory Fitness. He regularly contributes to health and fitness blogs.