How to jumpstart your fitness and health post quarantine
By Lisa Groft
Photos by Kathryn Harrington
Did you lose your fitness and health motivation during the quarantine? The stress from COVID-19 related changes has affected most of our normal routines. If your routine was disrupted and you’re unsure how to restart, here are a few tips that should help get you back on track.
1. Set goals
If you’ve fallen off the wagon, it can be hard to figure out where to begin again. Set goals for yourself that are achievable and will make you feel accomplished, not frustrated. If you used to exercise five times a week and you haven’t been exercising at all lately, try setting a goal of working out two times a week to start. Also, try writing your goals somewhere you will see them every day so you’ll constantly be reminded of what you want to accomplish!
2. Hire a personal trainer
A trainer will vary your workout program and keep it fun and interesting. They also take the guesswork out of it for you, so all you have to do is show up and have them take you through a routine. If you need help finding the right personal trainer for you, give me a call and I will pair you with one of Milestone’s certified trainers.
3. Get a workout buddy
Find a friend who is near to the same fitness level as you so you can motivate each other, set goals together and hold each other accountable. Make a pact that you won’t cancel on each other unless absolutely necessary! In addition to an in-person workout buddy, you could form a group chat with people who are into wellness. You can share recipes, workouts and provide support to each other on your wellness journeys.
4. Track your nutrition
Use a food tracking system, such as My Fitness Pal. This app is a great way to get your eating habits back in check. It will teach you to look at food labels, count calories and be more conscientious about what you’re eating and drinking. Any time I’ve had a client track their food, they tend to be shocked at how many calories, fats, sugars, etc. are in the foods they’re eating.
5. Keep a workout journal
It has been proven that people who write down their workouts are more successful at accomplishing their goals than those who don’t. Use a notebook or buy a fancy workout journal; either one will work!
6. Get rid of all or nothing thinking
This may be the most important way to stay motivated. Often, we mentally beat ourselves up for not accomplishing our goals because we try to be overachievers. If you set your goal to exercise four times a week and you only get to do it three times, do not get down on yourself! Keep telling yourself that a little bit of exercise is better than none at all.
I hope these tips will be helpful to get you back on track during these challenging times and please visit us at Baptist Health/Milestone Wellness Center to start your fitness and health journey!