Getting back into a training routine

Getting back into a training routine can be challenging, no matter the time of year. Nuffield Health Personal Trainer, Olivia Tyler gives top tips for goal-setting, adding a training plan and building an effective routine to set yourself up for success.

  1. Start by setting your goals
    Always start by setting goals that are SMART;

    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Attainable
    • Realistic
    • Timely

    Laying the groundwork will help you establish your priorities and motivate you to get started. Once you have your SMART goals, a plan will help maximise your workout time, leaving you less time wondering what to do and how to do it.

  2. Add a training plan in line with your goals
    A training plan will help you achieve a well-rounded workout, which can help prevent injury and maximize results. Having a plan allows you to rebuild your fitness steadily and safely. Planning ahead can help you cue workouts and avoid procrastination.
  3. Define your training plan
    Identify the number of times a week you can commit to physical activity, including rest times, and build in some flex. Even the best-laid plans will have in-the-moment changes sometimes.

    • Set realistic targets to reach your goals and adjust according to your progress
    • Break down the activities you want to complete; avoid overloading your schedule and feeling like you’re unable to accomplish all you have scheduled
    • Commit to PT support- adding an expert to your training routine will give you guidance, motivation, and accountability
    • Keep it balanced; even if you’re aiming to build cardiovascular endurance for a long run, you should include exercises for flexibility and strength to avoid injury.

It’s important to remember that having a plan isn’t about being restrictive. Putting time aside to think about your workouts can help you tick off the basics, adapt when necessary and make time to try new things.

Thanks to Cancer Research UK London Winter Run partners Nuffield Health for the use of this article.