Do you ever find yourself in an exercise slump? You have great intentions to workout but—whoops—a day, then a week goes by and you have either stopped exercising or you’ve cut down too much.
Sometimes we all feel like missing a session at the gym, but if we give ourselves a break from working out too often then we’re in danger of getting out of the habit of regular exercise. I always say that some exercise is better then no exercise—and that’s still true. But a regular fitness routine will help you develop and reap all the positives of an active, healthy lifestyle!
If you’ve stopped exercising for any reason, then these four motivation tips should help you get back to your workout routine.
People’s exercise levels can decline for all types of reasons—from injury to a period of overworking and reduced life/work balance to, maybe, a simple dislike of an element in your fitness routine that leads to making excuses not to keep it up.
If you do feel like you’ve fallen off the exercise wagon, then there’s no time like the present to climb back on. But remember to go at your body’s own pace. This will help prevent injury and it will stop you from accidentally teaching your body to associate exercise with pain. Believe me, I hear all the time from people who go from no exercise to a few days of intense exercise only to immediately slump back to no exercise, because they didn’t like the aching muscles. Please don’t let yourself fall into this category of over-zealous exerciser.
I’m certain that the more fit you are, the more positive you will be, but remember to take it slow if you’re recovering from an exercise slump. If you take a sensible and fun approach, then you’ll be a lot less likely to neglect your fitness routine again in the future.
Samantha Clayton is responsible for all activities relating to exercise and fitness education for Independent Herbalife Members and employees. Through in-person training sessions, educational tools and materials, and her blog (www.discovergoodfitness.com), she ensures that the important role of exercise as part of a healthy, active life is understood by all. She also helps create, organize and promote employee fitness programs and activities as an integral part of the company’s corporate wellness program.
A native of Liverpool, England, Samantha initially worked as a consultant for Herbalife for two years and led the Herbalife24-Fit program, the company’s first comprehensive fitness training program and DVD series.
Before joining the corporate ranks, Samantha was a professional athlete. She represented Great Britain in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in both the 200m and the 4x100m relay events. Prior to the Olympics, she won two medals in the Olympic AAA trials – a silver medal for the 200m and a bronze for the 100m – as well as a silver medal in the 4x100m relay during the European Junior Championships in 1997. Her personal records include 11.40 seconds in the 100m and 23.02 seconds in the 200m.
Samantha is a personal trainer and group exercise coach through the American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA) and International Sport Science Association (ISSA).