On the run up to summer holidays, if you’re like me, you become slightly gym obsessed. I try to squeeze in as many gym sessions as possible in hope that it will make putting a bikini on just that bit easier. Now that I’m home from holiday, I’ve found it really hard to get back into my routine. Especially as I have moved from Harrogate to Newcastle, meaning I have had the extra hassle of changing gyms. But now I’m back in the swing of things, here’s my top tips to ease back into your fitness routine after your holiday…
1. Enjoy your break
I always have and always will try to get to the gym 3 times a week. I feel that this is a great optimum as if you go so many times a week, you really feel it if you miss a session. This can therefore take up quite a lot of my free time, so I have made the most of my time away from the gym. Sitting on a sun lounger for 10 days straight, eating and drinking way more than I normally would, but hey, isn’t that what holidays are for? Eating one or two pizzas and ordering an extra G+T really isn’t going to make a difference. So relax and enjoy some you time.
I may or may not have had an extended break…but I’ve been settling into a new routine in a new place with a new job. So, this was a great excuse to chill out on an evening in front of Love Island. Whilst I kept thinking about needing to go to the gym, I loved every minute of it.
2. Take your gym clothes to work
I’m sure you’ll agree that once you step foot in your house after a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is to go back out, especially to go to the gym. So, if you can avoid going home, it will make going to the gym so much easier. I have always taken my gym kit to work and get changed there at the end of the day. This avoids the slog of going home and failing to make it back out of the house again. I do have to admit that since starting my new job, I haven’t taken my kit to work. However I am pretty proud of myself, as I have come home and actually headed back out to the gym every time I have intended to go!
3. Plan a Weekly Workout Routine
This is something I have started working on this week and I have found that it has really helped me to get back into my gym routine. As mentioned, I go to the gym three times per week. Each of the days are designated to legs, abs or arms. I do this in order to work the full body and to persuade myself to go atleast the three times a week to avoid missing a focus area. Each session usually consists of 40 minutes of strength training, followed by 20 minutes of cardio.
I’m writing this as I’m struggling to move my legs as they ache SO much. Silly old me forgot to stretch at the beginning of my first gym session back, so as you can imagine I am aching in places I didn’t even know you could ache! This can sometimes give me a reason not to go to the gym and I’m sure we can all vouch for finding the smallest of excuses to get out of going. So avoid this one by not being as silly as me and STRETCH!
5. Book yourself another holiday
Nothing is more motivating than the thought of putting a bikini on in the coming weeks. So booking yourself another holiday is actually the perfect motivator (although not always an option!) I’ve booked a trip to Bali with my boyfriend in September, so it’s important for me to keep up my fitness routine. It’s not all about looking good though, it’s about feeling good and regular exercise definitely helps with this. You’ll feel less lethargic, your skin complexion will improve and it will be much easier to get up in a morning!
What are you top tips for getting back into a fitness routine?