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4 Steps to Get Back to Exercise

4 Steps To Get Back to Exercise

By Dr. Doug

If you are like me, when the first lockdown came in 2020 you said, “This is the time exercise more!” That worked for a little while, but the ongoing rollercoaster of things closing, re-opening and closing down again has put a dent in many people's resolve. Spring is coming, and with better weather it becomes easier to exercise outside. As gyms and exercise classes resume, there will be even more possibilities. Let’s see what we can do to prepare NOW to be more active LATER.

Step 1 - Find Something You LIKE To Do

If you hate running, DON’T DO IT! Finding something physical that you enjoy will mean you are more likely to stick with it. Do a workout with light weights. Do a dance class. Find out what makes you sweat and but also what makes you happy.

Step 2 - Set Achievable Short Term Goals

Rather than being vague like “I want to exercise more,” be specific. Something like, “I want to run 5K by the end of summer” or “I want to lose 5 pounds in the next 2 months.” Once you set the goal, you can better plan how to get there. Once you reach your goal, it's time to set a new one.

Step 3 - Schedule It

Find the best time in your day to schedule your exercise. This will ensure that you do it regularly. Think about how long you want to spend and any time needed getting ready or finishing up with your workout. If you like swimming, you have to plan getting to the pool, getting changed, warming up , doing the exercise, changing back to street clothes and going home. Planning can help with success!

Step 4 - Create A Backup

Life gets in the way. Family or work emergencies happen, so having a plan helps you stay on track. Instead of a longer workout, can you do a quick run? How about doing a few flights of stairs? Maybe a quick online yoga session? Have your plan B ready.

Remember, everyone gets off track at some point for many different reasons. Don't dwell on it and just get back to it!

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