We know – this summer totally flew by for us to. But with the last bits of summer vacations, tanned skins, and family barbeques slowly fading into the back to school routines, its time to shed the ghosts of workouts missed and kick your workout routine back into action.

It can be really hard to get back into a workout after going a few days/weeks/months without it. Getting (back) into a healthy routines can be hard – but letting your health go is much harder. So let’s bust through those excuses and find your way back to a healthy fitness routine.

Here are a few common reasons people neglect their workouts and a few tips from our amazing group trainers to spin those negative thoughts into a killer booty.

Excuse #1: I’ve been out of it (working out) for so long, I’m going to take it easy and get back into it.

While you definitely shouldn’t run a half marathon tomorrow, pushing yourself to work harder right from the beginning will help you maintain a better workout routine.

Why? It won’t hurt as bad as long.

One of the easiest reasons to forego a workout is muscle soreness and the thought that one more burpee. While it may be hard for a week or two, mentally pushing yourself to keep going back to class will help with two things: your muscles releasing lactic acid quicker (alleviating soreness) and your muscles acclimating to being stretched (leading to less tearing and a faster recovery time).

Excuse #2: It’s too early/ I’m too tired.

The best fuel you can give your body when getting back into a workout routine is sleep. Your body worked hard and it needs time to rest and recover. Especially when adding in a new type of workout like our Dance Fitness Party or one of HIIT classes that is focused on a specific muscle group, your body will need a full eight hours to rest and repair itself. Find a workout time that works best for you and make sure you plan for eight hours of sleep, as tempting as one more episode of Scandal may be.

Excuse #3: I don’t have time.

Do you ever think of all the things on your to-do list you could accomplish if you had more time in the day?

Well the trick is to stop trying to do too many new things at once- i.e. changing your sleep pattern AND adding in a consistent workout.

Instead, focus on one at a time.

If you’re not a morning person, chances are making that 6:00 am HIIT class in Hillcrest is going to be tough—but that 6:00 pm boot camp class in Mission Bay Park on your way home from work is much more doable.

While you’re still adjusting to a routine, find a time that already works with your schedule and then once you’ve adjusted a bit, it’ll be much easier to resist hitting that snooze button for an early morning workout.

By taking a few small steps towards creating a bigger fitness goal, not only will you ensure you stay accountable, you’ll also notice amazing progress that will keep you coming back for more! We can’t wait to see you in class!

What other tips do you live by for creating a consistent workout routine? Tell us in the comments!