I’ve not written a blog since 20th July when I took some time out due to an injury.
I rested for about a week and a half then intended to get to the gym as they reopened in England, but just didn’t. The rest combined with not teaching for such a long time now (and not yet having classes to go back to) meant I found it really hard to motivate myself to get back into the gym.
So here’s the thing. Exercise is an anchor for me. Something which grounds me when I’m feeling a bit rubbish. It’s not something I feel I have to do, I enjoy it and it makes me feel good and quite frankly sane, it’s also a great stress reliever and when I’m busy a quick run or workout can help you come back refreshed and refocused. But it’s also really easy to lose momentum, even with something that you know is beneficial to you. In turn this makes me feel a bit down about things in general, so it’s something that I’ve struggled with a bit.
Right now in the world most of us have probably lost some momentum. Life changed over night (I went from teaching 10-15 classes a week and being out an about almost all the time to working from home to now working in an office but not yet back to teaching) and even as it changes back it’s different to what it was, and it’s continuously changing. Getting back to things you know are good to you and enjoy sounds like it should be easy but it really isn’t.
For me I’m just getting myself back into the gym as often as I can, I’ve reduced the duration / intensity of my workouts so i can build back up (both from the injury and extended break) and I’m not kicking myself if I have a long day and have to miss a training session. I know overtime I’ll get back into that habit and hopefully by the time I start teaching again (in a few weeks hopefully) I’ll feel much more in the swing of things, but I can’t expect myself to just bounce back to where I was in March.
If you need a bit of motivation to get yourself back into the swing of things, firstly, that’s ok- I think most of us are in the same boat. Secondly, I have designed a two week gym plan to help ease yourself back in which you can download here.