Fitness-wise, the last year has been a little rocky for me. I won’t go into detail about all the things that I thought were more important than getting my butt in the gym, but looking back, it’s clear that most of them were just excuses and I just got lazy. I’d like to think that I did my best, but I know I let ‘life’ get in the way of my health one too many times. Another thing I know is that it’s time to make a change…again.
This won’t be my first time trying to lose weight and get fit. Unlike the first time back in 2013, I won’t be starting completely from scratch. My diet could be a little better, but it’s mostly where it needs to be. I really just need to focus on my fitness. However, that will be easier said than done. Getting back to my local GoodLife Fitness after taking the better part of a year off is not going to be an easy feat.
Regardless, of what it will take, one of my goals for this year is to get my fitness act together. And since I know many of you may be in the same boat, I wanted to share some of the things I’ll be focusing this time around. Hopefully, by following these steps, we can get back into the gym and actually maintain the initial momentum for the foreseeable future.
Aside: I’ve created a workbook to go along with this post that will expand on things I talk about here. But, it’ll only be available to people on my mailing list. So, make sure you’re on the list so you can download your copy of the Gym Take Two workbook.
5 Steps to getting back in the gym
1. Identify what went wrong
Obviously, if you used to workout and maintain a fitness regimen, but you don’t anymore something went wrong. You may think you’re ready to get back on the horse, but if you don’t know what made you stop the first time, chances are, it’ll happen again.
With that in mind, the first thing I plan to do is sit down and really think about all the factors that influenced my decisions to skip my workouts this year. This process needs to be thorough. No sugar coating it. You need to actually dig deep and find the real reasons, not just the excuses, then deal with them so they won’t interfere again.
2. Figure out your current situation
If you’ve been out of the gym for a while, your body isn’t going to be the same as it used to be. You’ll have lost muscle mass and definition. You’ll have put on or lost weight depending on your situation. You’ll have lost strength and stamina. In order to get the most of this second go around with the gym, you need to accurately determine where you are NOW so you can figure out where you want to go and how you plan to get there.
3. Set new goals
Having goals is a big part of staying fit. So now that you’ve figured out your current fitness stats, it’s time to decide what you want them to be in the future. What are you trying to work towards? Do you want to lose weight? Gain weight? Gain muscle mass? Lift a certain amount. Do a certain number of reps at a particular weight? Run a 5K or half marathon?
Document all your goals, both short and long term and make sure that they’re actionable.
4. Devise a plan for reaching those goals
Goals without action plans are rarely accomplished, so this is a key step. Now that you’ve decided what your long and short term goals are going to be, it’s time to figure out how you’re going to accomplish them. Will you get a personal trainer? How often do you plan to go to the gym? What workout plan(s) will you follow? How often will you run? How far? Will group classes be a part of your workout regimen?
Figure out what your fitness plan is going to be and remember to re-evaluate and update it often.
5. Don’t live in the past
Back at the beginning of this year, I could run for 30 minutes without breaking a sweat. I could do pushups and pullups. I could squat more than a quarter of my weight. These days? Not so much. And I need to remember that.
I need to go back to basics and not push myself to do all those things right off the bat. First, I have to work on building up my stamina and strength. Not court burnout or injury by doing too much too soon. I need to focus on my progress and accomplishments now instead of all the progress I lost. Yes, it will be tough. But in the end, it’ll save me from giving up before I even begin.
What about you?
- Have you been consistent with your workouts over the last year?
- Why or why not? What your biggest reason for skipping your workouts (if you did)?
- Do you plan to get more gym time in 2016?
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Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs says
It’s a shame that it is so much easier to break a good habit than make one. Good luck getting back to the gym.
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Giselle Rochford says
Totally agree! And thanks Debbie 😀
Great tips! It can definitely be frustrating to fall off the fitness wagon, but also motivating, because you know what you’re capable of!
Heyyyy!! Since I decided to join a gym from next week… I actually read this post and shall attempt to apply it. 😀
Giselle Rochford says
Haha good to hear! Hope it helps 😁 And I’ll have a few other ‘back to healthy’ posts in January so those mau help ya out as well 🙂
Jen @ Pretty Little Grub says
Great tips Giselle. I think the plan for achieving the goals is the key. It’s easy to set a goal like workout more but figuring out the how and fitting it into your own life is how you achieve that goal.
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious says
Great tips lady! I really like the first one about figuring out what went wrong. Sometimes we go too big with setting our goals making them unachievable. It’s easier to stick with something when we make smaller goals at a time.
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Lisa Sharp says
Great tips! I’m really wanting to get into better shape this year. The past two years I’ve had some health scares and I’m ready to move on and feel better!
Emilie @ Emilie Eats says
I definitely understand – I TOTALLY fell off the exercise wagon when I went back to school in the fall. Like, I could count on my fingers the number of times I worked out. My problem (besides lame excuses) was that I wasn’t enjoying what I was doing. So this semester I’m going to spend a little extra money to join a gym with Les Mills group classes (my one and only love). I know that when I start doing something I enjoy, I’ll want to get up and go do it!
Amanda @ .running with spoons. says
Oof. We’ve all been there, and it’s never pleasant to have to start from the beginning again, but I really like what you said about not living in the past. All it takes is time and work, and we CAN get there again. Sending you all the best BEAST MODE vibes!!
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I LOVE the simplicity of this plan. It makes the idea of gymming and getting back to exercise so much more attainable!
Cindy Hoffman says
hi there Giselle, those are some solid tips there. Setting goals is usually a tricky part for most people. Most people set their goals too high that they can’t even make it happen. I usually advise people to make a small achievable move rather than do something that will make them strain to death. Thanks a lot for sharing these golden tips.