It’s no surprise that after a week of not cooking your own meals, staying up later than usual, and not getting your typical amount of exercise that your body can feel OFF. Here are some ideas to ease the transition back to the gym.
1. Don’t freak out!
Don’t rush home and jump on the bathroom scale or analyze the extra calories. If you change your eating habits for a week - or two - it’s not going to have a profound impact when you look at the BIG picture of your health. We all need times of rest and hope that you carry that feeling with you as you return.
2. Get Back to your Normal Eating and Sleeping Habits
We all know good nutrition and rest have a big impact on your energy level. What you may not know is that altering the time you eat your meals can also have an impact. The sooner you can get back to your normal diet and the times you're used to dining, the quicker you’ll start feeling more like yourself.
3. Don’t Overdo It
It can be tempting to jump right in to a class and give it 110%, but like everything else at Artemis, we encourage you to make small, gradual changes. Go at your own pace and pay attention to your body’s cues. It’ll help prevent injuries and even make you look forward to coming back another time.
4. Make an Appointment
Put an exercise class on your calendar. After time away, you’re sure to have many things vying for your attention: your work, your home, your family and pets. Exercise can help give you the boost of energy you need to charge ahead, plus you’ll sleep better at night. The best way to get into the habit of exercise is to make it a part of your routine.
5. Set Reasonable Goals and Keep at it
Our biggest success stories have come from members who exercise regularly and reasonably. Small changes over time add up.