It could well be that you used to go to the gym at least 3 times a week, but recent changes in your life have caused you to suddenly stop going. It’s not that you don’t want to go, but you can’t.
At least that’s what you tell yourself.
The truth is, if you were really determined to get back to the gym, you’d find a way making time for it despite these “monumental” changes in your life.
It’s like anything in life. When we face an obstacle, we have to find a way to overcome it. And there are always ways to overcome obstacles. So less of the “I’ve no time” attitude and more of the proactive, “I can do this!” Come on, let’s see a brand new you.
You’ve Got A New Relationship
Okay, so you’ve got a new relationship and she isn’t too keen on going to the gym. Exercise is just not her thing. It’s okay, we get it, you don’t want to ruin a good thing you’ve got going by slopping off to the gym a few times a week when she’d rather you spent the time with her.
But how about you both invest in a pair of mountain bikes? After all, everyone loves a good bike ride, right? If you both get out on your bikes together, you could head out on some amazingly romantic rides in the country, see some great views, and spend quality time together – whilst getting fit!
Best of both worlds, my friend, best of both worlds.
You’ve Got A New Job
This one can be tough if your former gym buddy was a co-worker. Moreover, this one is even tougher if your new hours are different and you’re further away from your old gym.
Our advice in this case is to find out who the office athlete is and ask if you can work out together. This will give the motivation to get back to the gym regularly, and it’ll mean you get the chance to buddy up again.
You’ve Got A Baby
A new addition to the family is certainly a big responsibility, and it means you’ve got less time on your hands than you did before. But it isn’t a reason to quit the gym altogether.
Sure, you won’t be able to spend as much time exercising as you did before spud came along, but rather than giving it up completely, why not just cut your time down a bit? Instead of 2 hours exercising, why not just spend half an hour a day?
You’ve Moved House
Altering your local geography can seriously hamper your chances of returning to the gym. After all, you really liked your old gym, and you got to know some really cool people. You just don’t have the same motivation to sign up to a new one.
To ensure this doesn’t happen, we recommend signing up a new gym before you move. According to Chris Carr, Ph.D, and a sport and performance psychologist, this will “create a subconscious commitment to exercise regardless of geography.”