Even the most active people sometimes get pulled away from their exercise regiment due to life demands. Regardless of how long you’ve been away from your fitness schedule, it is easy to jump back in with these helpful tips.
1. Find Your Reason and Why
One of the most important things to take into consideration when taking the steps towards getting back in shape is WHY you are doing it. Maybe you’re preparing for a wedding, or are just trying to feel healthier overall. Maybe you have just set a goal to reach an athletic personal feat that you need to train for. Whatever it may be, it is helpful to recognize the reason for why you are trying to get back in shape to help set realistic goals and motivate yourself.
2. Hydration is Key
Let’s face it, not all of us keep ourselves fully hydrated throughout the day. Studies show that dehydration can lead to issues such as lower productivity, an increase in stress, overeating, and can even make it harder for your body to burn fat.
This is why making sure you are hydrated is one of the most vital aspects of helping you get back in shape. Aim to drink at least 2 liters of water a day.
3. Don’t Forget to Get Your ZZZ’s
Along with hydration, making sure you are getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep is important in restarting your fitness routine. Not only can a sleep-deprived body be counter-productive to your body’s metabolism, it can also make your body miss needed time to recover once you start working out. In addition, you’ll feel better approaching your fitness and nutrition goals after a good night’s rest.
4. SMART Goal Setting
Don’t begin this journey with your gun blazing. It is important to set realistic goals for yourself. One great way to do this is by