How To Start Exercising After Being Inactive

If you have been away from a regular exercise routine for awhile, here are some tips to start exercising after being inactive!

Have you googled any of these questions lately?

How do I exercise again after the Covid-19 lockdown?

How do I start exercising after being inactive?

Then this post is for you or anyone who needs motivation!

Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor. 

That is my favorite Jospeh Pilates quote. Think about that. You have to plan and prepare to set yourself up for success. Let’s start from the top, meaning your brain! Establishing the right mindset is vital for success.

I want to share my 4-step system on how to establish the right mindset for success!  These tips will help you resume your fitness routine, sport or return to a healthy lifestyle.

I understand! As a lifelong dancer and movement coach, I recently gained more empathy for starting over. I was away from my regular routine for 6-weeks. I was amazed at how easy it is to get out of a routine and how that negatively affects your entire body!  In order to focus and achieve any endeavor, it’s important to plan and prepare. So I took my own advice!

Here is my 4-step system to start exercising again!

  1. Start with the end in mind. Use SMART goals to draw out your roadmap: SMART goals are: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound. For example, weight loss is a common goal. “I want to lose weight,” would be the usual statement.  Reframe that by using the aforementioned SMART goals. “I will lose 1 pound per week for 4 weeks.” Or, instead of saying,” I want to start working out” I will do body weight training Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for 20-minutes for one month.You also want to make sure that the timing is right in your life to begin.  This way your goals are SMART!

2) Keep a positive attitude. Remaining positive can boost your chances of staying on course.

3) Be your own best friend! If you miss a week of weight loss or if you miss a workout, remember that every moment is an opportunity to begin again.  Keep the end goal in mind.

4) Take 1-minute before and after each session to breathe. My go to routine for years is, “Inhale for 5-counts, hold the breath for a moment, exhale for 5-counts.” Want an extra dose of positivity? Close your eyes and visualize your favorite image, place, anything that puts a smile on your face.

Remember that every moment is an opportunity to begin again!