How To Get Back On Track
After A Workout Break

November 20, 2017

If you missed my previous post, I covered my lengthy exercise hiatus and why taking an extended workout break can be beneficial. (Seriously.) So today, I wanted to give you guys some more tools by sharing how I got back on track following my workout break.

Before I got back in the gym, I didn't just get a membership to my local spot. I also started back to my daily healthy routines such as:

1. Daily ACV + lemon juice shot

The very first thing I started incorporating back into my daily routine was my morning shot of apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. (I still follow this recipe.) It has so many benefits and makes me feel ready to take on the day.

2. Increase water intake

We all know how important it is to #stayhydrated so when I started my new job I went right back to trying to drink 8 glasses a day. It was a struggle at first, but week by week I've been able to cross off an additional glass of water. (I keep a tally on my daily to-do list!)

3. Clean up nutrition

After I moved back to PA, I wasn't watching what I was eating very much, and on purpose. Just like an extended workout break can be beneficial, sometimes not tracking every single thing you eat is a much needed reset. I certainly didn't eat just anything, but I didn't watch as closely as I would have with working out. For awhile, it was okay. But, your workouts won't have maximum effect without eating well. So even before I got back in the gym, I started watching a bit more what I was eating - and how much - to fuel my workouts and recover properly.

4. Stock up on workout essentials

My workout essentials are protein powder and BCAAs. (Side note: here's why BCAAs are beneficial.) I didn't have much left so I made sure to order everything I need. I use Slap Nutrition and their protein powder is so good! Plus, it has only 5 ingredients - that you can pronounce. I also use their unflavored BCAAs mixed with water and flavor drops. If you use any supplements, protein, shakes... make sure you have everything on hand ready to go. I also stocked up on my daily vitamins.

5. Take it one day at a time

Since I've been back in the gym, my body is like 'What the heck!' My workouts have been pretty tough and I've been taking more breaks than usual. It's been frustrating. But, I have a habit of looking at the big picture and how far I have to go, instead of breaking the journey down into smaller, attainable goals. One day at a time, I'm learning to take it one day at a time. Change won't happen overnight, but it will happen over time with hard work.

Do you have any additional tips on how to get back on track after a workout break? I'd love to know... leave a comment and share away!

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