As summer comes to an end, we realize our routine has become anything but routine – with weekend travel and spontaneous adventures, that rhythm and momentum created in colder months can fall by the wayside. Maybe it's left you energized or maybe you're feeling downright exhausted.
Either way, you’re not alone, and our instructors are here to help. Getting back into the groove of working out can be challenging, but it's also an incredibly rewarding journey. So from us at SWERVE, here are the best ways to get your mind right as you look towards the future.
1. Set small, realistic goals
Hovering in and out of any routine (including exercise) can feel extremely frustrating but it’s important to remain positive. By setting realistic goals for yourself, you will manage your expectations and continue to feel proud of the little milestones you accomplish as you work yourself back into your routine.
2. Find a workout buddy
Working out with a friend isn’t just fun, it can also be quite motivating. Chances are your friend needs you just as much as you need them, so why not partner up and encourage one another? Maybe you book side-by-side bikes at SWERVE and look forward to that mid-ride high 5, or maybe you compete on different teams and put post-ride smoothies on the line. Whatever it is, you'll both be glad you showed up–for each other and for yourselves.
3. Invest in something new
With the change of seasons comes a sense of excitement, which is exactly the feeling that instructor Alex Porter taps into when getting back in the swing of things.
“As a kid, I loved going back-to-school shopping for supplies and clothes. I still feel the shift as summer ends and the weather begin to change. I'm no longer in school but I'm still a student of life, constantly learning new things.
It can be as simple as buying a new journal or investing in a new pair of running shoes. By doing or wearing something new, I bet you'll get that first day of school feeling.
4. Sign up for a race
“If fitness is your focus, sign up for a race! A 5k, 10k, half marathon, mud run, triathlon...whatever gets you excited to jump back into your workout routine,” suggests trainer Jamey Powell who is no stranger to races.
Fellow instructor Jenna Arndt agrees with Jamey, “I pick a fall challenge (usually a marathon) and really start to crack down on training. Having a concrete goal/set date helps me stay on track." When you have that date on the calendar, you can plan your workouts from there to make sure you're sticking to your training and cross-training plan.
5. Don’t be too hard on yourself
We've all hear "the only bad workout is the one you didn’t do," so if you aren’t exactly where you want to be don’t beat yourself up over it. You are making small strides to get back into the rhythm you’ve been yearning for. The important thing is to stay focused and consistent and before you know it, you’ll be achieving your goals.
6. Keep yourself accountable
By signing up for a class, keeping a journal of your workouts, or even nominating a friend to be your accountability buddy to trade early morning texts with, there are tons of ways to keep yourself in check, so find what works for you.
7. Make sure you know your why
The best way to keep up a consistent habit is to make sure you know why you're doing it. When it's tough to get out of bed, or you're tempted to trade a sweat session for a seamless order, think back to your reason for starting and imagine the outcome you're working towards.
8. Create a plan and write it down
Instructor Skyler Mosenthal is a firm believer in scheduling workouts in advance. “Make time for a workout by putting it in a daily planner or online calendar. Sounds simple enough, but simply writing it down makes it official and helps to commit consciously to getting after it.”
9. Make it a habit
By sticking to a plan for a certain amount of time, this becomes part of your daily routine thus ingraining the habit back into your life. Skyler explains, “In my experience, if I persist through something for 10 days, then it forms as a habit. I no longer have to make the decision to do it because it is just part of the routine!”
10. Celebrate your success
When something becomes a habit, it can be easy to take it for granted. It’s important to acknowledge your accomplishments and appreciate the hard work you are investing in yourself. Instead of just checking them off the list, celebrate the fact that you did what you set out to do, no matter how small the task. Success will continue to breed success.
11. Remember to live
Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans, so if something fun comes up that forces you to re-jigger your workout plans, tell yourself it’s okay. Just because something comes up does not mean all your hard work was for nothing. Go out and live your life and get back on track tomorrow.