Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Why You Need To Quit Fretting Over That 'Fitness Rut'

You’ve come in from a long Monday in the office, taken one look at your trainers and realised that your motivation levels have plateaued and any good intentions to go to the gym that evening appear to have all but completely disappeared throughout the day.

Know what you can do? Stop feeling bad about it for a start.

Recently, I've found myself in a bit of a 'fitness rut'. Its a real thing; even Womens Health are talking about it. Sometimes life just gets a bit in the way, and that meticulously planned workout regime goes shooting out the window...

Moved house? 'Oh well, lifting all these boxes has been enough hard work for today, I think it's time I just relax on my freshly delivered new sofa'
Holidays over? 'Well the bikini is back safely in the draw. Who needs sit ups?'
Just had a birthday? 'Birthday cake calories don't count = no reason to sweat them off' 

It's so easy to get out of the routine, to stop making time - and to make up those elaborate excuses as to why you're not making time. Even if my examples above are just a little far fetched, you get the idea.

Whatever your reasons the chances are, you are probably going to feel a little bad about it. Social media is saturated with people sharing gym tweets, progress pictures and general six pack selfies that might just leave you feeling a little guilty. And, well, they shouldn't.

Something I have recently discovered is that you should go at your own pace - and focusing on how far you've come - rather than how far there is to go - can ultimately  spur you on and make you realise just how well you've done. 

When I first started exercising, I couldn't run for three minutes without stopping and now I can do more than three miles. A few years ago, I wouldn't even attend a gym class because I was nervous people would laugh at my lack of fitness - now I'm always scoping out new ones I might enjoy. 

The key is to take it all in your own time. Having spent a good few weeks dragging myself to the gym, and barely staying long enough that my car parking was even worth it, I decided that it was time to take a break. To get back into exercising again when I was ready - when it's fun again not forced, and you aren't staring at your watch willing the time to go faster. 

For me, that 'ready' point came last week. One spin class quickly turned into two and followed by a Body Balance session (a yoga/pilates/tai chai combo), I feel like I am firmly getting back into the swing of things. I'm no longer closing my mind up to the idea of good workout and the result is that I am benefiting soooo much more from it.  

My fitness levels are not quite back at the level they were a few months ago (but hey, consistent exercise should improve it in no time), and after the three classes in four days I may be aching in all kinds of places, but all in all the good news is that my fitness mojo came back - and I am really happy to see it!


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