MONDAY, May 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Sometimes life gets in the way of your workout plans. Maybe an illness or an injury got you off track or you took a break from the gym that lasted a little too long. Getting moving again can be challenging, but it’s certainly doable — and worthwhile.
Make exercise a priority again. Schedule it into your week like an appointment — one that you can’t cancel. You’ll soon redevelop this healthy lifestyle habit.
A tip from the American Heart Association is to set yourself up for success by finding an exercise buddy who won’t let you skip your workouts. You can encourage each other and even celebrate fitness victories together.
Also, figure out why you slacked off in the first place. If going to the gym became just another chore, find an activity you enjoy more — that way you’ll be more likely to stick with it. You might be more motivated by outdoor exercise or by using home equipment, which doesn’t require travel time to a fitness center.
Remember, getting back into shape will take time. But taking that first step is the only way to start.