How To Get Over The Hump of a New Workout Routine
You know that feeling of resistance that comes right before you decide to put your workout gear on and head to the gym? Or the look you give your yoga mat before you fully commit to taking a class?
Yeah, that one.
The past month, since I’ve been back from Bali, moved up to LA, and got married, has been a series of that feeling of resistance and longing stare at my yoga mat.
It’s been intimidating to think about how much my body may have transformed since leading the retreat and whether or not I’m capable of making it through an hour-long class or a few sets at the gym (I am).
The workout hump is REAL and as I get my groove back, I’m recognizing the necessary physical and mental shifts I’ve had to make in order to get my booty back into shape.
Starting a new workout routine or getting back into one is the most difficult in the beginning. On average, it takes about 2 months (66 days to be exact) for a new habit to form. So how do we stay diligent in the beginning?
Make Your New Routine Easy
I say this all the time when it comes to routines: you need to make it easy, fun and flowy.
What I mean by that is, if you are adding in a whole new routine that feels like a chore, you’re not going to want to keep it up. Anything that you start to integrate into your workout routine (and routines in general) should be something that you can have fun with.
For example, if going to the gym and running on the treadmill or using the Stairmaster for an hour is your example of hell on earth, then DON’T DO IT! Try swimming laps, using dumbbells, or taking a class instead.
The more you enjoy doing the workout, the more likely you are to stick with it. Don’t fall prey to the “I should” of working out and do what feels best for your body and your mind.
Whenever I have a new goal in mind, I always get extra excited and overcommit. While my enthusiasm carried electricity and drive with it, I started noticing over the last year how this had actually been hurting me - both mentally and physically.
Not only was I not able to meet my goal of going to the gym 4x a week, but I was also feeling like a failure for not doing it. I would get to the gym 2-3x and then kick myself for never following through rather than seeing the accomplishment I was making.
Starting slow is the best way to build ourselves into a new habit without getting overwhelmed. When you are starting a new workout routine, aim to get to the gym at least once a week. When you end up going more, you’re over-delivering on your promise to yourself.
Plus, if you’re just jumping into a routine for the first time or getting back into the swing of things, you are less likely to hurt yourself, strain a muscle, or suffer from burn out if you ease your way into it.
Speaking of Muscles...Take Care of Yourself!
After breaking my hiatus from the gym, I went to The Class by Taryn Toomey at Wanderlust in Hollywood. 75 minutes of HIIT workouts later, my legs were shaking, my heart was pounding, and I could already feel my muscles tightening up.
Our muscles are like elastic bands and when we don’t use them often they grow less and less elastic meaning you need to be extra careful jumping back into your workout.
Whether you’re squatting at the gym or taking a pilates class, stretching is so important both before and after your workout to warm your body up. As annoying as it can be, this will save you from the potential injury mid-workout or even a few days after working out (yes, that can happen!).
Outside of the obvious stretching, I rely on a blend of vitamins and supplements geared towards muscle recovery. I first found glutamine through my husband and it is a must with any workout to lessen the chances of wobbling around after leg day for 48 hours. After an intense workout, glutamine is reduced up to 50% in the body, so taking a glutamine supplement aids in muscle recovery and muscle growth.
My recommendation: Grab Athletix CBD Oil
Okay so here’s the deal on Athletix CBD Oil:
Athletix CBD is a blend of full spectrum hemp cbd oil with glutamine, vitamin b, zinc, and magnesium. Blending these vitamins aids in the muscle recovery process by reducing spasticity of the muscles, acting as a natural muscle relaxant, and balancing nutrient levels necessary to restore and grow your muscles.
I have proudly been using and working with Athletix CBD over the past four months and I cannot go back to life without this daily supplement. The beauty of the product is that it’s not psychoactive, but still creates a major impact in the vital functions in the body - especially when it comes to working out.
I’ve noticed less downtime in between workouts, better sleep, and a major decrease in the amount of soreness I feel after an intense day at the gym or on my mat.
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Don’t Forget to Celebrate Yourself
It’s easy to get caught up in comparison or the finish line of a fitness goal, but don’t forget to celebrate yourself along the way and recognize your dedication to your own wellbeing. When we put our happiness in the external - especially when it comes to our body image - we rarely ever meet it because we’re constantly picking apart what we can change next.
Instead, love yourself today.