4 Ways to Get Back to Being Active

These tricks can help you get back in shape and stick with a new exercise routine.

If you’ve taken an extended break from the gym, don’t sweat it. Just get moving.

The longer your break from the gym, the more time you should give yourself to get back to your previous fitness level. For example, the average person who takes a 3-4 week break from the gym might need 4-8 weeks to come back to full strength.

Here's how to establish good habits and get back into a solid workout routine.

  1. Get ready the night before
    If you want to start working out in the morning, set yourself up for success the night before. Lay out your exercise clothes. Wash your water bottle, fill with water, and stick it in the fridge. Be sure to set your alarm.

  2. Look forward, not back
    Don’t focus on how fit you used to be, focus on the present and making steady progress toward your goals.

  3. Set reasonable goals
    Start with smaller, more attainable goals. Try breaking up your sessions into smaller increments. Even 10 minutes of exercise produces positive health changes. When you reach your first big milestone, consider rewarding yourself with a spa visit or new workout gear.

  4. Pick workouts you love
    Stay motivated by choosing workouts that don’t feel like a chore. If you don’t want to hit a traditional gym, consider activities that will still get your heart pumping, like pickup basketball, swimming, or yoga.
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