While it takes hard work, consistency, and at least 21 days to form a good habit, it takes far less to break one. We all get off track from time to time. The key is catching yourself and taking the steps to get back in the groove — back to where you need to be. So many people have asked me throughout the years how to get back in the groove when they’ve strayed off course with their workouts or health regimen. Well, there is no secret or special formula for this. You just have to get up and start!
Start with Something that Excites You
You have to start somewhere… and I often recommend that people start with something they actually enjoy – something they can get excited about. For instance, if you enjoy taking walks or playing sports with your family, start there. Don’t torture yourself right out of the gate with something you dread doing, like spending hours on the treadmill or elliptical.
In fact, doing something you dread could be the reason you got off track in the first place. If you find an activity or a group fitness class that you enjoy – or at least find somewhat tolerable in the beginning – stick to that. You are far more likely to stick to consistent workouts when you find something you can look forward to.
Think about it… When you get on the freeway, you don’t immediately go 80 miles per hour. You start at the on-ramp, and you pick up speed.
So many people get frustrated and disappointed when they don’t immediately pick up right where they left off. If you’ve taken a considerable amount of time away from your workouts, you have to allow yourself some time to get reacquainted. Give yourself an opportunity to pick up speed.
Take the First Step
Really, the first step is to take the first step. Start with something you enjoy, set realistic expectations for yourself, and give yourself some time. . If you keep at it, you’ll be surprised by how quickly you get back to where you were before. But to get back into the groove, you simply have to start!