It may be daunting to go back to physical exercise after you’ve been away from it for some time. Rejoining the gym or getting back out onto the road for a run can seem a painful experience if your body hasn’t been used to it for a while. As a result, here’s our guide to getting back into exercise after some time away.
If you’re sitting there feeling lethargic and assessing your growing waistline, your thoughts may be turning to actually doing something about it. However, it may be that you’ve not been to a gym in quite a while, or worse still, you may be paying for your gym or health club membership but not even using it.
So, if you want to get motivated and start going to the gym again, check out our 10 ways to shake yourself out of your inactivity and begin going to the gym on a regular basis.
Find the right gym for your exercise routine
There are all manner of different types of gym– some of which are at the high end of the scale where membership will come at a premium and some that allow you to pay per visit. If you’re someone who’s not going to go at least three times a week, then stick to the ‘pay-as-you-go’ variety of gym, as this will stop you spending money needlessly. On the other hand, a gym that has additional facilities such as fitness classes, personal trainers, spas, saunas and steam rooms might incentivise you to go more frequently. Make sure the gym you decide to go with has the facilities that suit you.
Concentrate on your own exercise
One of the things that puts people off is the type of clientelle they find or expect to find at their gym. Although there may be some finely toned specimens in your gym of choice, they are often few and far between. Gyms are usually full of people of all shapes and sizes. Even if you’re carrying a few extra pounds or are not able to do as many sit-ups as the person next to you, don’t concern yourself with how well you compare to them. Instead, ignore what everyone else is doing and concentrate on yourself and your own training.