How to get your mojo back if you haven’t ran/worked out in awhile

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tuesday- 3 miles on treadmill + bicep/tricep workout

I think the last time I officially worked out was last wednesday when I went on a walk with my mom. It’s been awhile since I’ve felt up to working out and after not working out getting back into can be daunting. Here are a few tips that help motivate me to get back at it, whatever your ‘it’ may be(for me it’s running).

  1. start slow. There’s no need to jump right back into what you were doing and get injured. Start slow and build it back up. It took x amount of days to lose your fitness, so give yourself x amount of days to get it back. Yesterday I ran 2 minutes slower than I normally do and that’s totally okay.
  2. Don’t over do it. The key is to ENJOY your workout at least a little so that you’re willing to do it again. If you go crazy and do your max, the next day you’re probably going to feel like death. It’s okay, and good, to feel sore the next day but you don’t want to pull a muscle or anything your first day back.
  3. Do a circuit workout. I’ve preached this lots of times before but it’s true, a circuit workout will keep you entertained. Running for me can get boring, so when I’m coming back I always make up a circuit workout. Yesterday I ran 1 mile, then I did 10 reps of various bicep/tricep exercises repeated 3 times.
  4. Stretch. Soreness is inevitable when starting a new workout plan. Save yourself some extra discomfort and stretch before/after your workout and drink lots of water=)

Ya it’s cool if you need to just lay on your TM after…
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If you need some extra motivation to start, check out Chelsea’s post over at The Dancing Runner. She has some great tips!

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Some randomness that I call life…

Winter finally decided to come to UT. I seriously think winters are beautiful here, but I’m still not a huge fan of the cold.

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Monday was pouring rain, so I met up with some friends at the Dinosaur Museum. J had so much fun digging for dinosaur bones.

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That night we went to our neighbors house to watch the championship game. We had a lot of fun but I think J had the best time. He met a new friend that had the same name, they were destined to be besties.

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And nothing beats new nail color. You can say me and my sisters are kinda obsessed with doing our nails.

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what are your tips to getting your mojo back?

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About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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One Response to How to get your mojo back if you haven’t ran/worked out in awhile

  1. What a great post!! Circuit workouts are so good for ya. And thanks for the shout out đŸ™‚

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