How to Get Back In the Groove After a Break

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We’ve all had our share of breaks when it comes to exercising and working out. We could be on the best streak of our lives—only for July 4th weekend to hit, and then 15 hot dogs and 30 fireworks later you find yourself unable to move. A week later, you realize you completely forgot about your routine. This kind of thing happens all the time, and there’s nothing wrong with that. As long as we get back up on that pogo stick, we’re good to go—and here’s how to get our routine started again.

Start Slow

You may think that the only way to get going again is to go all or nothing. However, this can be problematic because you may find it too daunting. It’s not easy to jump back into everything all at once, so the result might actually be counterintuitive because you’ll avoid it like the plague. Instead, do a few reps at a time, get back into the zone, and slowly you’ll be more excited to do your full routine again.

Respect Yourself

We can’t stress enough the importance of respecting yourself in this moment. You may be feeling like a complete failure that has given up. But life happens. Instead of focusing on the fact that you took a break, you should focus on all the good you did before that break happened. You shouldn’t get mad over things you did afterward either because you’re still trying your best. Ultimately, you need to love and appreciate yourself but you can even think about getting back into your groove.