Change and development is a part of life and our bodies inevitably change over time as we get older. We all look back and think about when we were younger, maybe we took part in a challenge event, were able to do so much more in our day, or even partied into the early hours and still went to work!
If you have been out of a fitness routine for a while, perhaps you have had a baby, or work or a relationship changed your routine so you haven’t been able to exercise as you did before – it is time to rethink your approach. For me personally I was able to run long distances, but a combination of injury and other factors has meant that I stopped running regularly. In my mind I can still run effortlessly, but my body has other ideas and it is frustrating!
Instead of thinking that you can’t do it anymore, change your belief to the notion that you are developing and it is not that you are unfit, out of shape or that your body won’t allow you. As you are developing and your body is changing it is time to try something new. You need to adapt your belief for your body and clear your mind of your previous level of fitness. You need to try something new, a different approach to fitness, a different type of class or a new skill. You will get fitter and stronger in ways you didn’t think of before. You also won’t be able to compare yourself with markers like your previous personal best which can be disheartening when you are trying to get back to fitness.
- If you enjoyed running, try Nordic Walking
- If you’ve become body conscious, try swimming
- If you have a busy mind try tennis or netball where you not only have to learn new skills but think about where the ball is thus taking your mind off other things.
- If your body has become stiff and unbalanced from working in an office or managing your family, try yoga or pilates.
Once you try something new, you’ll find that you have greater energy and your body will start to allow you to grow stronger and fitter once more.