Wondering how to get back into the zone? Everyone has a layover period where working out is the last thing you want to do. Life comes out of nowhere and hits you in the gut with situations or stressors that create a “what’s the point” attitude toward working out. These stressors could range from a plateau in results or a long work day and the exhaustion that comes with it. Whatever it is, here's how to get back into the zone.
1. Remember Why You Started
We all have different reasons for working out, whether that be to look good naked, to vent off some extra energy, to get those happy endorphins kicking in, or to achieve that toned look. These may or may not be the reasons why you started, but remembering why you started can help you kick down those excuses you’ve been giving yourself, so you can get back out there again. That's the first step in how to get back into the zone.
2. Update Your Goals
Life is all about change, so don’t stress if your goals change too. Once upon a time, you might have wanted to lose weight, but now you might want to build up some muscle (everybody loves a nice peachy booty). Set a new end goal and then weekly and monthly goals to keep you on track!
3. Set an Alarm
Whether it be in the morning, evening, or in 30 minutes, set an alarm for your workout. Working out is similar to a job. You wouldn’t miss work just because you didn’t want to go, would you? Not that some of us aren’t tempted on occasion, but treat working out similar to work. Get it done.
4. Stop Eating Processed Foods
One of the BEST ways to get back on track, on the outside AND inside, is cutting out processed foods. For example, foods like chips, cereals, dips, sauces, and cheese. They normally contain chemicals (aka junk), as well as high amounts of calories, fat and carbs. Fats, calories, and carbs are NOT bad for you, but in the ridiculous amounts used to make these sinfully yummy foods, it’s not good. Having these large, unsatisfying amounts will only prove to derail you from your goals, unless you’re Wonderwoman and happen to have incredible self-control and macro-tracking skills. Eating chemicals doesn’t even sound remotely appetizing or healthy, so why eat them? Whole foods like vegetables, fruits, and grains are incredibly beneficial for one’s body and when sticking to these foods in the correct amounts and usage, results will come quickly and easily.
5. Get Started
Now it’s time to get back at it! Set a time and a date. Get to the gym, go for a run, take a fitness class, complete a H.I.I.T. workout or even a Tabata workout at home. No excuses, only sweat and gains.