After all this time away from your usual fitness routine it may now be crossing your mind that you are going to have to get back into it now that September is suddenly upon us. It seems a daunting prospect, but if you follow these simple tips it will make your life a whole lot easier when you’re trying to motivate yourself to get back into your usual fitness and work/school routine.

1. Assess the damage – start by weighing yourself to see how bad it actually is; it may not be as bad as you think. This can give you a good idea of what you’re trying to achieve.

2. Get rid of guilt – we often feel very guilty after holidays that we’ve let ourselves relax and not stick to our fitness routines, but think of it in a positive way, it is important that your body has time to relax and forget about the stress of work or school. Instead of feeling guilty, use it to give yourself a fresh start and a new set of goals.

3. Plan – create a plan and goals that are achievable and specific so that you know exactly what you’re going to do. Find a time that you are going to do it and stick to that time. Then maybe even set a reward for when you’ve completed for example 1 month of your new fitness routine, like buying some new gym kit.

4. Workout music – create a playlist that will get you motivated and keep you going.

5. Try something new – it can be hard to get back into things because you’re bored of them. Try a new class or type of exercise that will get you motivated and make you want to do it. Taking a new class can be fun, interesting and challenging and it gives you the chance to meet new people.

6. Challenge a friend – find a friend in a similar situation and challenge them for a certain period of time. Doing this you will motivate each other and the competition element will make you want to exercise even more.

7. Do it for yourself not for anyone else – remember how good it makes you feel when you’ve done some exercise and you are in shape. Make the time and place easiest for you so that it doesn’t just get forgotten.

8. Get inspiration – read a weight loss story or find a role model to inspire you to keep going, but don’t let it put you down about yourself, you can do it too.

9. Start ASAP – its best to start as soon as you can and get it back into you routine, if you make it a habit then you are more likely to stick to your plan and get the results that you want.

10. Go easy – at first it will probably feel more difficult than you remember, cut it down to start with and then build back up to what you used to be able to do. Otherwise you could injure yourself or put yourself off completely.

As well as exercise it is also important to eat a healthy diet if you want to get back into your healthy lifestyle, here are some tips:

1. Eat on schedule – eat breakfast within an hour of waking up and eat again every 3-5 hours. Evenly spaced out meals will maximize your metabolism, regulate your blood sugar and insulin levels and level out your appetite. Don’t just cut back on food – eating too little forces your body into conservation mode and you burn fewer calories so you’re more likely to hang onto body fat.

2. Drink more water – supports optimal metabolism and some research shows that it can curb your appetite. Aim for 2-2.5 liters a day (about 8 to 10 cups)

3. Don’t cut out carbs just cut back – cutting them out completely can cause your body to burn protein for fuel instead of using it to support and maintain your calories burning muscles

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