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by Casey McIlvaine

So, it’s been a few months since you’ve worked out, ran, or even seen the inside of the gym that you pay monthly to get into.  After the wait, now the question you may be asking yourself is: how do you start and maintain your routine of starting out all over again?

Well, there is no need to worry because when you have established a routine, it becomes automatic. In fact, you just go to the gym—with no force at all.  However, after months or maybe a year off, it can be difficult to get started up again.

If you are having trouble getting into gym mode, here are four tips to help you get into the groove again:

Don’t Stop!

The best way to maintain is simply not to stop. Do not take extensive breaks in working out or re-starting the habit will be harder.

Work out for 30 Days

Make it an obligation to go every day (even for a half hour) for one month. This will strengthen your exercise routine. By working out steadily, you also take pressure off yourself in the first weeks back of contemplating over whether or not you should go.

Have Fun!

If you don’t have fun at the gym, gym time will be a drag. There are tons of ways you can work out, so don’t give up if you’ve determined that using dumbbells or doing pushups isn’t for you.  A lot of fitness centers will offer a variety of programs to choose from.

Stress Relief

What is it that you do when you’re under pressure? Chances are it isn’t running!  Exercise can be a great way to relieve stress, releasing endorphins that can better your mood. Also, when stress relief is related to exercise, it is easier to start working out after a period of not.

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