I went to the gym today after an 18-day (yikes!) hiatus. Those who know me know that is a long time for me to slack in the exercise department. (I don’t just talk the talk when I teach; I do the work required as well). However, like everyone else, the holidays took on a life of their own, and before I knew it, here I am.
Now mind you, I purposely decided as I do every year, to do no exercise between Christmas and New Year’s to give my body the time it needs to just rest. I call this period “going soft”. The intention is always to pick it up again with renewed enthusiasm on January 1st. Well the 1st moved to the 2nd, and then to the 3rd…. The danger here is the slippery slope, as days can turn into weeks and then into years, because we just can’t seem to make it happen.
So when I looked at my schedule the night before, I realized I had 100 things to do (as always) and maybe I would have to push the exercise to another day. But then I thought long and hard about that. Already the guilt of not taking care of myself was starting to creep in. Going soft would soon mean going flabby. I was also starting to feel the drag of a body without movement. So I made the choice to make it happen. Mentally, it was a Herculean effort, but physically it felt like I had never been away.
You see, often times it is the “idea of it” that stops us in our tracks.
So if you have been on a hiatus of your own, be it two weeks or two years, now is the time to stop the slide. You can’t think your way through it and you can’t rationalize it away. You simply have to do it. Trust me on this.
There are a few things you can do to make it easier, though. First, know exactly what type of exercise(s) you will be doing beforehand and then give yourself a 10-minute limit. That’s all. Totally do-able. After 10 minutes, chances are you will feel so great (as I did) that you will keep going and wonder to yourself why it took so long to get back.
What are some of the things you do to get yourself motivated after a long break? Leave a message below. I would love to hear about it.