One of the most essential things in a good exercise program is routine. It is very common for people to be going strong for several months and then something comes up that changes their routine. They go on vacation, get sick, get hurt, change jobs, etc… and then you are out of your routine. One week off your routine turns into two, three, four… a year. Compounding this issue is the fact that, when you do finally get your first workout in, you feel like crap. Toxins are flushing out, joints are stiff, and generally your body has relaxed itself into a state of dysfunction. We forget very quickly how good we feel when we are exercising regularly. The first couple of weeks after stopping a regular exercise program we feel stiff and tired, but then a miraculous thing happens. The body adapts, as it does to anything, and we get used to feeling crappy. We think that the general stiffness-highlighted malaise of our sleepy, groggy selves is normal. This feeling is not normal. You should not be tired and stiff all the time. It will take a few weeks of regular exercise to remind you of this.
Even the Dark Knight has Routine.
So what is the fix? Simple answer. For the first few weeks of returning to an exercise program, you will have to force it. You will have to drag your lazy self off the couch and get to the gym and will yourself to exercise. Slowly but surely you will get back to your routine and all will be well. It is important to note, however, that, when you get sick, go on vacation, or change schedules again, this pattern will repeat. Now that we know this, we should plan accordingly. Pre-plan your gym times for after vacation, try to stretch and keep somewhat mobile if you are sick, and, above all, return to your exercise schedule as soon as possible after one of these setbacks! Now would be a good time to start. Always remember this simple little phrase: the hardest part about going to the gym is simply getting off your ass and going. Once you are there, you will more than likely do something productive.