Getting Back in the Rhythm of it!
When I was younger, I played soccer, started from the age of 4, and did not stop until I was 22 years old. When I say, I played, I mean it was what my whole world revolved around, from playing all year round in different leagues to playing in up to three teams at a time. I would spend about seven days a week at the park, working out and conditioning, and honestly, I loved every minute of it.
At the age of 22, I played in an adult league, but the dreaded word “adult” was kicking my butt. At the time, I was a full-time college student and a full-time employee. Soccer was becoming a hobby at that point. I went from being active seven days a week to not finding spare time for myself because of school and work.
Trying to find an active routine was difficult. I thought about the gym but paying a membership when my schedule was already full was just not worth it for me. I decided to look into home workouts instead, where I could do it the little free time I had.
I discovered workout videos online from, working out your legs, core, arms. etc. to even my favorite, yoga! Getting back into the routine of a semi-active lifestyle was a bit difficult. At first, since I was in the comfort of my own home, getting myself to start the workouts was such a struggle. Home is where you go to relax and to be comfortable, not to work out. I told myself that this was the best option to continue being active.
I made myself a schedule, starting at half an hour the first week, then an hour the next, until I started doing an hour and a half. I also adjusted my sleeping schedule getting to bed earlier that way mornings would not be so difficult.
I struggled for the first couple of days, just adjusting to the new routine, but then I noticed how energized I was, that feeling of being sluggish and tired by mid-day was not happening anymore. I liked how much more positive I was feeling each day.
It was a process to figure out how to get back into the routine of it all, but at the end of the day, the fact that I was able to get myself back into an active routine is all I wanted.