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Embracing the Journey: Returning to Fitness After a Hiatus

As someone deeply entrenched in the world of wellness and yoga, it may come as a surprise that even I experience moments of struggle and setbacks in my fitness routine. Life's demands, unexpected challenges, and shifting priorities can all contribute to a hiatus from regular exercise. Yet, I've come to realize that falling out of a fitness routine is not a reflection of failure but rather an opportunity for growth and self-compassion.

Recently, amidst the whirlwind of responsibilities as a yoga teacher, restaurant owner, and family member, I find myself gradually drifting away from my usual fitness regimen. Long days filled with teaching, renovation work, and personal commitments have left me feeling drained and depleted, with little energy left for exercise.

At first, I brushed off the lapse, convincing myself that I would return to my routine when things calmed down. However, a day turned into a few days, that have now stretched into a couple of weeks. I am noticing a sense of unease creeping in. My body feels less vibrant, my energy levels are lower, and I find myself yearning for the strength and vitality that regular exercise provides.

Acknowledging the need for change, I embarked on a journey of self-reflection and renewal, recommitting myself to my fitness goals with a newfound sense of determination. Here are some insights I've gained along the way:

1. Be Kind to Yourself: It's easy to succumb to feelings of guilt or self-criticism when we fall out of our fitness routine. However, it's essential to practice self-compassion and understand that setbacks are a natural part of the journey. Instead of dwelling on past shortcomings, focus on the present moment and the steps you can take to move forward.

2. Start Small: Returning to fitness after a hiatus can feel daunting, but it's important to start small and gradually build momentum. Begin by incorporating gentle movement into your daily routine, whether it's a short walk, a gentle yoga flow, or a quick bodyweight workout. Celebrate each small victory along the way, knowing that progress takes time.

3. Find Joy in Movement: Instead of viewing exercise as a chore, reconnect with the joy and pleasure that movement brings. Experiment with different forms of exercise until you find activities that resonate with you. Whether it's dancing, hiking, swimming, or practicing yoga, choose activities that ignite your passion and leave you feeling invigorated.

4. Set Realistic Goals: When recommitting to your fitness routine, set realistic and achievable goals that align with your current lifestyle and commitments. Whether it's aiming to exercise for a certain number of days per week, increasing your daily step count, or mastering a new yoga pose, set goals that inspire and motivate you to stay on track.

5. Seek Support and Accountability: Surround yourself with a supportive community of friends, family, or fellow fitness enthusiasts who can cheer you on and hold you accountable. Whether it's joining a fitness class, enlisting a workout buddy, or connecting with like-minded individuals online, having a support system can make all the difference in staying motivated and committed to your goals.

6. Listen to Your Body: Above all, listen to your body and honor its needs. Pay attention to how different forms of exercise make you feel and adjust your routine accordingly. Rest when needed, nourish your body with nutritious foods, and prioritize sleep and recovery to support your overall well-being.

As I embark on this journey of rediscovering my fitness routine, I'm reminded that setbacks are not a sign of weakness but rather an opportunity for growth and self-discovery. By approaching the process with patience, kindness, and determination, I'm confident that I'll emerge stronger, more resilient, and more connected to my body and mind than ever before.


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