Get Back Your Workout Mojo

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It happens to all of us from time to time. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day business and problems, so that living a healthy balanced lifestyle, somehow, stops being a priority. It requires a lot of energy and dedication to regularly exercise. Although it might be tempting to break the workout streak and skip one or two sessions, this is a slippery slope that often leads to deteriorating dietary habits. If this is the case, you need to develop a new approach to get yourself back in the gym.

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This new approach needs to take the holistic view of the body, account for when you stopped training, what was previously achieved, and what your current physical (and mental) state is. Once the momentum is lost, it may be quite hard to get back into a productive workout routine. This requires hard work, determination, and intestinal fortitude. This, however, is not impossible, and with the right training program, you will be able to get back your workout mojo and rekindle the lost momentum.

Welcome Back

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When trying to revive old fitness habits, it’s important to ensure that you ease your way into this, as your body may not be prepared for heavy loads and exhausting workouts. As a result, it is recommended that you start with only four lifting exercises:

The Deadlift
The Front Squat
The Chin-Up
The Overhead Press
Before getting back into high-intensity endurance training after a break, you need to give your strength and stamina a boost. These exercises will be able to do this, without putting too much strain on the relatively unprepared body.

Important Tips

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Gradually increase the load and intensity of the exercises
Work out three times per week, allowing at least one day of rest in between
Most likely, you will not be able to lift the weight you were lifting before the break, especially if the break was long. The rule of thumb in this situation is to lift up to 85% of your previous personal best. If, for instance, you used to lift the maximum of 400 pounds, then in the “easing-in” period, you should be looking at around 350 pounds   
Fully complete one exercise before attempting the next one. If you’re doing five sets of the deadlift, make sure to finish all the reps, before proceeding to the next workout


It is only natural that we sometimes fall out of good habits. Pressures of the day-to-day life often prevent us from regularly going to the gym. We’re all human, and these things happen, but it’s important to keep in mind that exercise is essential to a healthy balanced lifestyle. If it so happens that you stopped working out, make sure that you ease your way back in. The exercises discussed in this article are a great starting point.


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