You wake up one day and you have a realization: it has been a long time since you last got in a decent workout. Weeks, maybe even months. It could be for any given reason. Maybe you had gotten sick some time ago and just never gotten back to it, maybe you had a personal crisis that overshadowed everything else, or maybe you just drifted away from exercising. Whatever the cause, you understand that you need to get back into it as you look at your rowing machine – even as you also realize that it will be tough to pick up where you left off. Well, here are six tips to help you get back into the game and back to rowing.
• Make time for your workout. Restarting your exercise habit can be a tough order, especially if you already have lots of other stuff on your plate fighting for your attention. Start by setting aside a dedicated time for your workout, using a calendar if need be. Having your schedule in writing can help make it real, and being able to see where you planned for it can help you remain committed to it.
• Set out your gear. Visual cues can make for strong reminders and motivators. Set out your workout clothes (if you use any), your MP3 player, water bottle or whatever other objects you use when you go to row. As a matter of fact, have your rowing machine set up in a place where you can’t help but notice it. If the phrase “out of sight, out of mind” has any relevance, then make sure that you see what you need to do.
• Start small. Getting back into the swing of things won’t be as easy as snapping your fingers. Trying to take on too much right away can kill any motivation you have, and you’ll be back at square one. Instead, approach it in increments. Try starting for a few minutes for your first session, just enough to regain your taste for exercise and as a starting point to build from. Remember: everything great had to start small.
• Get a friend involved. Trying to get back into something you haven’t done in a while can be intimidating, and it’s easy to find a reason to duck out. One of the best ways to work around this is to bring a buddy. Find a friend or family member who cares about you enough to support you, but is is also firm enough to hold you accountable and call you out if you attempt to bail. You’ll be amazed at how having moral support can help you get back on track.
• Do it for you. This may be the most important part to keep focused on. Some people may focus only on peers wanting them to get back in shape or trying to impress everyone, but this will only make the return path more difficult. Don’t worry about impressing or appealing to others on this. Get on that rowing machine and do it for you.
No matter how much time you’ve been out of the game, it is never too late to get back in shape. Your rowing machine has what it takes to help you get stronger and healthier, more so than most other workout tools. All that is missing is you.
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