Back in the Chain Game

Getting back into shape doesn't have to be hard. Here are some great tips to get started again if it's been awhile since you worked out!

By Susan Howard

While it’s always better just to stay in the game, getting back into it is something most of us have to grapple with at some point.  Be it injury, vacations, or plain laziness, the possibilities are endless why someone might skip their workout.  Since we are a sum of our habits, skipping one workout could then mean skipping for months.

I run, therefore, I am.

Here are some tips my clients and I have found to be winners in jumping back into the iron.

  1. Warm up your muscles with a 5 minute walk before you start. This will awaken the connective tissues and prepare your body for the routine.  In this case, dust off the cobwebs.
  2. Do 2 sets only of all moves at 75% of your normal weight. Within a week of not lifting weights muscle starts to break down.  Don’t go back to what you lifted a month ago, you have to build back to that.
  3. If you have a treadmill or elliptical in your house, pick a TV series, download it to your iPad, and ONLY watch it while you are doing cardio. On of my clients made this rule for herself with Game of Thrones, and started looking as fit as the hottie Daenerys Targaryen.
  4. Start with your favorite moves. If you love working chest, start with a chest and triceps, no hard cardio or legs.  If you love yoga, start with gentle stretching and walks.  It’s easy to get psyched out with the thought of hill sprints, chin ups, and burpees.  If you start slow with something you like, you can built from there, but you cannot build something from nothing.
  5. Get some new shit. Pick up a pair of overpriced running shoes, a cool tank top or awesome basketball shorts.  Whatever your pleasure, splurge on yourself  to boost your confidence while getting back in the ZONE.
  6. Make a playlist. Here is one I am making right now.  Steal this and get moving.

Stay Ready… Again.


The Revolution Will Not be Televised, Gil Scott-Heron

Lovely Day, Bill Withers

All Star, Smash Mouth

Gold Digger, Kanye West

Ooh La La, Goldfrapp

Sexual, Neiked

No Scrubs, TLC

Cheerleader, OMI

Cheap Thrills, Sia

Turn it Around, Lucius

Summertime Sadness, Lana Del Rey

Kids, MGMT

No Diggity, Chet Faker

Peace Out!



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