April 2021

Create an Exercise Routine After the Holidays

A healthy lifestyle includes movement, even with the best intentions and strategies. It can be challenging to maintain an exercise routine after your holiday.
If your getaway has interrupted your best of intentions, here are 3 SIMPLE STEPS to get back on track with your exercise routine after the silly season.

STEP 1. Schedule out your exercise for the week before it begins.

While driving or flying back home, grab your calendar and work out when you can schedule your exercise during the week. Morning? After work? During a lunch break? When do your kids go to bed? 

By viewing your schedule, you can assess when you want to carve out time.

It’s part of a healthy lifestyle!

STEP 2. Choose activities you enjoy!

It can be easy to pressure ourselves into hard-core, vigorous exercise if we have been out of the routine for an extended period. Often this is our way of ‘punishing’ ourselves for the avoidance of activity.

We can overcome this!

Shaming and guilting ourselves into certain routines, like exercise, only make us feel bad and keep us in negative dieting and poor self-image cycles.

Choose activities that you enjoy!

Try don‘t “binge” exercise. This leads to - feeling sore & tired - the risk of injury and is unenjoyable!

STEP 3. Gain some inspiration!

When getting back into a routine you desire, it can feel a bit uncomfortable and messy. Choose a word, phrase or quote that you want to focus on for the week to keep you moving towards your goals. It only needs to inspire you- not anyone else.

For someone, it could be the word “strong.” For another person, it could be the quote, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

Think about it repeatedly until it sinks into your beliefs and values.

What you believe, you will achieve!

When you want to get back on track with your exercise routine, it can feel overwhelming if you allow it.

Instead, decide to schedule it.

Make it fun and stay inspired!

Don’t chase perfection, but run after your best self!


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Jacqui Lewis

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