RETRAIN YOUR BRAIN

ARE YOUR GYM MEM­BER­SHIP FEES GO­ING TO WASTE? IF IT’S BEEN A WHILE SINCE YOU MADE AN AP­PEAR­ANCE, THIS IS THE PEP TALK YOU NEED TO MAKE A COME­BACK

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Let’s face it: life of­ten gets in the way of our train­ing goals. When work starts to pile up, fam­ily life calls or you feel a bit un­der the weather, it’s all too easy to skip that gym trip.

It quickly be­comes a habit. Months can pass be­fore we set foot in the gym again.

All that mo­ti­va­tion we felt … gone. How do we get it back after so long?

1. GO THROUGH THE MO­TIONS

Re­turn­ing to the gym after a long break can feel pretty in­tim­i­dat­ing. It’s al­most like you are a com­plete be­gin­ner. How do you get over that feel­ing? The first thing you need to do is to just get mov­ing. Feel­ing of­ten fol­lows ac­tion, so any af­fir­ma­tive be­hav­iour you can take to­wards get­ting yourself back in the gym will of­ten sow the seeds of new mo­ti­va­tion. Throw your gym bag in the car and just start driv­ing.

Get­ting your body to move in a new di­rec­tion will ac­ti­vate your mind to new pos­si­bil­i­ties.

2. JUST DO IT

Of­ten when we don’t want to do some­thing we pro­cras­ti­nate and put it off. We are all mas­ter pro­cras­ti­na­tors. The only so­lu­tion to this is to just do it. Make a snap de­ci­sion to go to the gym and stick to it.

Block out all other thoughts. Give yourself three sec­onds to pull on your coat and get in the car.

Don’t sec­ond guess it. Just get in and go and be­fore you know it you’ll be back in the gym do­ing some­thing you en­joy.

3. START SMALL

Of­ten we put too much pres­sure on our­selves when it comes to our work­outs, es­pe­cially if we have been su­per fit be­fore.

For­get about all of that. Your first ses­sion back doesn’t need to be that of a bikini model.

Do some­thing you en­joy and don’t push it too hard. Just en­joy mov­ing your body and lis­ten­ing to mu­sic and maybe catch­ing up with some friends you haven’t seen for a while.

Ease yourself in gently and you’ll be train­ing hard again in no time.

4. IN­VEST SOME MONEY

No, not in the stock mar­ket — in some new gym gear! One way to get yourself back in the gym is to buy some new clothes and equip­ment that will force you to com­mit.

Get some new gym clothes that make you feel great and ready to work­out. Train­ing in a baggy Tshirt and trousers isn’t very mo­ti­vat­ing.

Bet­ter yet, buy some­thing you want to wear but don’t feel ready to just yet. Set a goal to wear it within a month or two months. Then make a plan to get there.

5. RE­MEM­BER WHY

There was a time in the re­cent past when go­ing to the gym was no prob­lem. What changed? Was it work? Your re­la­tion­ship?

Only by analysing where things went off the rails can we start mak­ing it right.

It’s easy to fall into an au­to­matic rou­tine of bad habits, but by shed­ding light on our un­con­scious be­hav­iours we can start chang­ing them for the bet­ter. Things lose their scare fac­tor when we look at them ob­jec­tively and, more of­ten than not, our pur­pose for train­ing comes roar­ing back.

EYE WELL­NESS

KELLY REN­NIE Kelly is a per­sonal trainer, mother and au­thor of Busy Mum Syn­drome. She spe­cialises in on­line train­ing pro­grams for busy mums, which have earned praise from Kate Mid­dle­ton. READ MORE AT busy­mum­fit­ness.com

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