Workout Wednesday: Back in Action!

Don’t forget to pencil in some time for fitness!

This is always a strange time of year for me.

Even though I’m not a mom, the back-to-school, no-more-beach-weekend mode always arrives with a shock to the system. Here in New York City, all the people who spent a good part of the season in their summer homes are back. Students crowd into the subways along with the rest of the commuters. The incessant buzz of the city that never sleeps kicks up a notch back to its norm.

Wherever you live, we’re all faced with leaving the lazy-days-of-summer schedule behind. No more summer Fridays away from the office. The kids may have new school schedules and new after-school activities. There may be life changes that involve new responsibilities, too. If you’re trying to fit “working out” into your fall schedule, here are a few tips to make things a little less overwhelming:

  1. Be realistic: Saying you’re going to exercise two hours a day, seven days a week is sabotage. The first day you miss, you’ll be discouraged, and could wind up saying, “Well, I just blew the whole week, so why bother going back?” A better approach is to aim for two or three days each week for the first month. Trust me, as you start experiencing the benefits from exercising, you’ll want to spend more time working out.
  2. Adjust the Attitude: Think of exercise as a “chore,” and you’ll be done with the new routine in no time. Instead, think of exercise as “Me Time.” No matter what’s going on in my life, the time I spend working out is the one time my brain goes into neutral. Use exercise as a break from the ordinary, and before you know it, you’ll be looking forward to sweating out whatever ails you.
  3. Research deals: Backpacks and computers aren’t the only things you can get a good price on at this time of year. Many gyms are offering back-to-school membership rates. Just remember to make sure it’s convenient for you to get to. I don’t care if a gym is offering a free membership. It if takes you an hour from the house or office to get there, chances are you won’t go based on the distance.
  4. Reward yourself: No, not with cupcakes or candy. Instead, treat yourself to a new pair of sneakers, a hoodie or refresh your playlist with some new high-energy workout tunes. Really want to splurge? Set up one or two sessions with a personal trainer so you can receive a proper assessed and start on a safe program.
  5. Give yourself a break! If you’re starting on an exercise routine for the first time in your life or getting back into it after an unexpected hiatus, you can’t expect to see drastic changes overnight. Habits take about six weeks to take root in your psyche, so take it day by day, week by week and focus on the positive responses from your body.

Stay tuned for Friday’s post where I’ll offer some food for thought on getting your healthy eating habits back on track, too.

For now, remember even though getting back to the grind can be daunting, it’s also the perfect opportunity to sharpen your focus and welcome a whole new season filled with countless opportunities to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

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About LauraLovesFitness

After spending more than 10 years in the communications industry, this lifetime fitness lover and newly certified fitness professional wants to share my passion for health and well-being with others.

Posted on September 5, 2012, in Fitness, Health and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. i just had a woman in spin yesterday who had not worked out in two months due to an injury and she said she felt like she hadnt worked out in a year! i told her to be kind to herself and not rush things. people need to also not do what 50% of all women and 47% of all men do and thats……..compare themselves to others! that is a real workout defeater too!!! get your blinders on and dont look around and if looking in the mirror gets you down, find a spot in the room where you are not in the looking glass. a good instructor will give cue you if you are doing something wrong and the body will let you know as well.good luck to all trying to get back into the groove!!!

    • Thanks for the thoughtful feedback, Amy! The people who take your classes and train with you are lucky to have such a positive motivator in their corner. So true what you say about comparing ourselves to others – it is one of the worst kinds of sabotage we can inflict on our health and fitness plans. Hope the back-to-school grind is treating you well! Have a great Workout Wednesday!

  2. September to December is the best time of the year in the gym-it’s about half full. Good for us, but it’s too bad so many drop off.

    • I hear that, Matt! Huge rush now and then again after the holidays here, but by the end of February, many of the newcomers fade away. I think we need to do a better job of making people understand fitness is a part of your life, not a quick fix to certain problems, like weight gain. There are so many quick-fix marketed products out there and in today’s world where everyone wants instant gratification, it can be a tough sell. So, we power on! Have a great day!

  3. I always view my workout time as “me time,” because it’s something I enjoy doing for myself, plus I can grunt and groan all I want with no one within earshot! One of my rewards was getting a new pair of workout shoes, another was a new exercise bra. Necessities, but they were so cute it felt like a splurge! My most recent reward was seeing how I lost 3 pounds after 1 month of sticking with my current program. That, and I could fit into one of my favorite pairs of pants I couldn’t button since last November!!! How great is that?? 😀

    • Hello Jennifer! Thanks for stopping by! GOOD FOR YOU! You have embraced what living a healthy lifestyle is all about – making YOURSELF feel great! Congrats on the weight loss. I’m especially happy to see you’re doing it at a healthy rate. Enjoy the new shoes and exercise bra and keep feeling good about all you’re doing to be healthy! Enjoy your weekend!

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