How to Get Your Fitness Plans Back On-Track After You Get Sick

It happens to the best of us.

We start a fitness program, eating healthy, or in the final stretch before a big event and then we get sick. Not the sniffles or a cough, but we’re laid out.

I know because that happened to me last week.  Over the past couple of months I had been training and preparing myself for the Super Spartan Race here in Southern California.  Everything had been going great until my plans hit a snag when sickness set in.

It started on Tuesday when my stomach wasn’t feeling right after a short bike ride.

After getting home and taking a nap, it wasn’t any better.  The next day I spent the majority of the day in bed, and I was only able to move a little bit on Thursday.

By Friday, I was 80% better, but there was no way I was going to make the race the next day.  I was having a hard time motivating myself to get up and do a 30 minute trainer ride let alone an 8-mile Super Spartan Race.

All of us have these times in our lives.  We are rolling down the tracks to a higher level of fitness and, bam, we get derailed by sickness, a family emergency or some other circumstance beyond our control.

When this happens, it’s really easy to lose our motivation and just give up on our goals and our plans.

However, once we are feeling better, it’s imperative that we Get Up Off Our Ass and get back to living a thriving life.  It’s not easy, but in the long-term, this is what’s required to have the body and energy levels that we all crave.

3 Ways to Getting Going Again

1. Get Your Range of Motion Back

When you’re coming back from a major sickness, this is an easy way for you to get back into the swing of things without exerting too much energy.  Depending on how sick you were, it might take some time for you to fully recover, and you might need to ease back into things with a lower-impact routine.

By continuing or starting a flexibility workout, you will not only be able to work at lower intensity, but it will actually help release toxins from your body.  Make sure to listen to Jay Blahnik to learn more about the many benefits of flexibility and how you can get started today.

2. No Excuses Allowed

Today, I finally had to stop making excuses for not working out.  I really didn’t feel like getting on my trainer, but the reality is my body is no longer ill and the excuses had to stop.  It’s the same with you, and this applies even if you aren’t sick and you’re just being lazy.

During these times, a line has to be drawn in the sand and you simply must summon the willpower to resume your workouts.  It’s a mind shift that must happen and looking to your 50 Reasons Why is a great place to go.

3. Feeling Good to Be Intimate With Your Spouse

When we get sick, everything around us falls apart.  One thing that happens to me is that my sex drive hits the gutter during this time, too.  On top of that, my sickness leaves Alisa working double time.  She’s not only taking care of her duties, but is having to step up to take care of mine.  This can be a killer for our intimacy.

As soon as you can help out, get back on the household items and find some time to Do These Core Workouts Together.  You’d be amazed at how these can increase the libido for both of you.  Try them naked, too. 🙂

Getting sick is a part of life.  When you add being married and having kids to the mix, these events can derail even the most determined person from their fitness plan.  These 3 simple steps will get you headed down the right path after you are feeling better so that you can meet your goals.

Don’t wait another day, get back on it!

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