This blog post is for women who were once in great shape or really fit, and aren’t at that place anymore. I know for me, I’m not in the best physical shape I have been in, nor am I as fit or as strong. Travelling has gotten in the way of that (but I’m making these changes!). It could be that you had a baby, you got sick, or that you just got over it and fitness hasn’t been a part of your life for some time. Here are some tips to help you get fit and in shape again.
1. Try Not To Compare To The Past
It’s hard not to compare, but just remember that your metabolism slows at you age and it does get harder. So back in your early 20’s when you could eat whatever you want and rarely exercise and still maintain a lean physique, that’s probably not going to happen now. You will need to work harder and make some long term changes.
2. Do Workouts That You Actually Like
If you like it, you will continue doing it. If not, you will probably give up. So make sure the workouts you are doing are fun and enjoyable for you! If you hate the gym, don’t force yourself to go. Buy a set of dumbbells and workout at home or in the park. If you love classes and find they’re a good way to motivate you, do them! Any type of exercise is better than none and at the moment you are just getting back into it, so do what makes you happy.
3. Don’t Go Too Hard Too Soon
Start small. If you haven’t done much exercise in a while, chances are that any workout you used to do, will be very difficult for you now. If you used to be able to run 10km easy, I promise you that this will not be the case now! Going too hard too soon can cause injury and cause you to burn out and give up. So just take it easy at the start, and slowly build up. It will take longer, but you will get there!
4. Focus On Flexibility
If you haven’t done exercise for a while, you are probably tighter than you were in the past, and your range of motion won’t be as great. Throw in a few yoga, pilates or stretching sessions. They will help you ease into it, help you increase your range of motion, and also prevent soreness that may be annoying when you first start out.
5. Do It For A Purpose!
I’m sure when you previously fit and in great shape, you were doing it for a reason. This reason may or not may the same. If you’ve had children, your reason may now be to stay healthy for your family. Whatever it is, make sure you have some purpose, otherwise you may just fall back into your old ways.
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