You’ve been a regular at the gym, but, for whatever reason, you’ve taken a sabbatical from your fitness plan—perhaps an injury has thrown you off your game, or you’ve just been too tied up to make time for working out.

Whether you’ve been recuperating with physiotherapy and massages, or have been clocking more time at the office than before, getting back to an exercise program should be well-thought out and done in a phased manner to make the transition smooth. This will reduce the risk of further injury, and give your joints and muscles a chance to regain full mobility to prep for the onslaught of a regularized workout routine.

While host Jeff Halevy helps solve the problem and delves into the many other aspects of fitness in the Workout Form Within series, here are some things to remember to get you off on the right foot:

For The Injured

  • Core Workouts
    Fab abs aren’t the only reason to indulge in core workouts. Their importance transcends many levels, as they help strengthen the spine, build endurance, trim harmful belly fat, and create a solid support structure that connects the upper and lower body. In fact, most injuries, weakness, and spasms can more often than not be traced back to poor core stability and balance, which is why, exercising and engaging the area on a daily basis is of utmost importance.
  • Spine Strengthening
    It is important to strengthen the muscles that support the spine, particularly the lower back and abs to increase core stability. This will improve the support system of your body. Back pain, injuries, spinal discord and slip disk are all manifestations of poor spine health, and can really take a toll on the quality of your life, so it’s time you spring into action to protect and strengthen the spine.

For The Demotivated

  • Reduce The Perception Of Difficulty
    “If the effort of exercise deters some people from doing it regularly, then make it fun! Find something that you truly enjoy, and focus on what you love about it—maybe it’s the music, the hot instructor, or the great outfits you wear,” says Mahri Relin, fitness expert and founder of Body Conceptions.
  • Make It A Habit: “A small study in the ’50s led by Maxwell Maltz got us to believe that all habits take 21 days to form. However, a more extensive study in 2010 showed that the length of time it takes us to form habits can vary depending on their difficulty and how motivated we are to create them. The average time actually takes about 2 months, but it can also take as little as 18 days,” says Mahri Relin, fitness expert and founder of Body Conceptions.

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Charlene Flanagan is a lifestyle journalist whose love for language drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as pursue her Masters in Arts. Over the last five years, she’s contributed to a number of leading publications, and has particularly enjoyed reviewing books and restaurants, as well as interviewing celebrities. Her recent switch to a holistic lifestyle has her looking at her food choices very differently—although she won’t admit it. When she’s not busy writing up about workouts, home remedies, and skincare essentials, she spends her time being the quintessential city girl who’s excited to see what life has in store for her.