You took time away from your exercise routine and now you’re stuck.

Your body needed rest but time’s up—get moving again.

Mojo, where are you?

It’s not easy to find time and energy to exercise on a good day. Even a small break can derail your routine.

I’ve been there.

Last month, after taking two weeks off to nurse a cold, it was time for me to get back into action.

For a few days I thought about exercising.

Then, I thought about it for a few more days.

But thinking didn’t get me off the couch. Because the longer one thinks, the more time there is for self-sabotaging behaviors and thoughts.

Like these:

Life is too short to stop eating Trader Joe’s salt + pepper potato chips while binging on Netflix.

Exercising can suck an hour and a half out of the day. Who has that?

What’s the point of working out? I’ll only be wearing leggings and sweaters for the next 6 months.

Here are five ways to get back out and move your body.

  1. Forgive yourself. It’s okay you haven’t been exercising. We all go through it.

  2. Make a specific plan. Whether you sign up for a yoga class a week in advance or commit to swim every Tuesday/Thursday, come up with a time and date to begin.

  3. Go with what you love. If you feel like walking, walk. If you feel like running, run. Do what makes you happy. There’s nothing worse than forcing yourself to do something you don’t enjoy. And it’s not sustainable.

  4. Phone a friend. Exercise can be easier when you take a friend along. Not only is it motivating, but you can catch up with each other.

  5. Take action. Mel Robins, author of The 5 Second Rule, suggests physically moving within 5 seconds of having an instinct to act on a goal. If you don’t, your brain will kill it. When you feel yourself hesitate before doing something productive, count backwards 5-4-3-2-1-GO and move towards action.

And as for me? I finally got out and took a 3 mile jog. Want to know my rule? It’s called the baby step rule.

    Step 1. Get off the couch

    Step 2. Walk to my bedroom

    Step 3. Open my drawer

    Step 4. Put on clothes + sneaks

*If you’ve gotten this far, you’re usually set to go. But if not, keep going.

    Step 5. Walk to front door

    Step 6. Step outside

*And usually, you’ll shift into automatic and may even begin to enjoy yourself.

So yes, the cold weather is approaching. And no, the upcoming holidays don’t help.

But you don’t have to wait until the new year to resolve to get moving again.

Carly Hamilton-JonesComment