It can happen with a thud and a thunk, or with a quiet departure.
One day you are Miss Fit: A daily sweat is inked into your schedule and you remember all that hard work when food passes from fingertips to lips.
Then something happens.
Maybe it’s something big, such as an injury, new job or new baby. But more typically, you are derailed by a speed bump. You get busy. Your routine gets disrupted. Fitness slips to the bottom of your priority list, and you fall off the workout wagon.
1. Take a deep breath
Exercise routines wax and wane for all kinds of reasons, it happens. Even the most dedicated Miss Fit plays the role of fitness misfit from time to time. (That includes your trusted instructors). Give yourself a break, take a deep breath, and start slowly. Choose workouts that are engaging, effective and easy on the chassis. Classes such as Booty Barre, Yoga and Pilates give you ample control over the intensity of your workout so you can start small and work your way up.
2. Grab a pencil. Make that a pen.
Commit to being fit by scheduling your workouts. Write them in your daily planner, punch them into your Google calendar or tattoo them on your wrist. People who schedule their workouts at the same time that they schedule other important things (work meetings, doctor appointments, court appearances), are more likely to follow through with their plans. Start right now. Open your book to Tuesday and write, in ink: Monday Booty Barre, 5:15 p.m. Now, let nothing stop you from showing up.
3. Get a goal.
There’s a reason the light at the end of a tunnel is such a motivating force: It feels damn good to get there. Create your own beacons by setting fitness goals. In keeping with the InMotion tradition, make your goals about experience, not appearance. Study after study, on top of our own personal experiences, shows that appearance is simply not a strong ingredient for a fitness recipe that satisfies in the long term. Instead, try these: Carve out 60 minutes of self-care every other day; shoot for 4 hours of exercise a week; or commit to logging 12,000 Fit Bit steps a day for a month. Choose activities that you enjoy. Left to your own resources, what do you like? Gardening? Try Yoga. Dancing in your underpants in the living room? You’re already an OULAgin. Hitting stuff? Try Power & Conditioning classes.
4. Applause, applause, applause
Returning to a fitness routine is tough. Sticking with it is even harder. Set goals within reach, work hard, and then reward yourself. Avoid, though, rewarding yourself with food. We want to pat ourselves on the back, not pad our backsides. (But if that happens, Booty Barre can help.) Instead, treat yourself with fitness clothing and accessories for fitness milestones reached. You need only schedule some after-workout shopping at the studio to applaud yourself. We carry workout skirts, pants, bras, capris, tanks and tees to keep you looking great from studio-to-street. Our items are made from performance fabrics, are flattering and fashionable. We have the only workout wear store between Butte and Missoula, and it’s growing. (Hint, hint: We’re going to do something AWESOME this fall). Build your wardrobe with fun items from Cozy Orange, Kiava, SweatyBands, and more.
5. Grab a friend, and get down here.
Everything is better with a friend, fitness included. It’s about enjoyment, but also accountability. Make a date with yourself to work out and only you will know if you fail to show up. But let a friend down, and now you’re in real trouble. In fact, researchers believe that sense of accountability is the reason group fitness classes are growing in popularity. Participants form connections, become part of a community, and are more likely to show up. So call your BFF, and make plans to meet at Tuesday OULA, 6 p.m.
The whys and how longs don’t matter. If you’ve fallen off the workout wagon, make a date to climb back on. We’re here to help, and as always, we are looking forward to seeing you at the studio.
We’re a family here, and it helps to talk it out. We want to know, what are your biggest hurdles to staying on the workout wagon? Post a comment below and we’ll enter you into a contest for a new tank top. Nothing motivates like new duds, right?