When you participate in something like martial arts, you’re likely in it for the long haul. Over time, events and setbacks can happen that take you away from your martial arts training for brief or extended periods of time.
If you’ve been training on your own or you’ve taken an extended break from your practice, here are a few suggestions on how to resume your martial arts training after time away:
1. Be patient with yourself.
As you return to training, give your body a chance to adapt as you resume your routine. Be patient with yourself, and try not to get carried away. Jumping right into where you were before your break could lead to overtraining, burnout, or injury. As excited as you are to be back on the mats, make sure that you’re giving yourself time to regain your fitness and skills.
2. Set realistic expectations.
If you expect to pick up where you left off in your training, you might be setting yourself up for disappointment. Instead, manage your expectations and resume your practice with an open mind. Rather than focusing on what you were able to do in the past, pay attention to what you’re able to do today. Then, build from that point.
3. Reset your martial arts goals.
To help with managing your expectations, it might be helpful to set or reset your martial arts goals. Again, don’t base these goals on the past. Set goals that are relevant to your current fitness and skill level. Avoid comparing what you could do before to what you can do now and set goals that emphasize small improvements over time.
4. Work toward consistency.
Remember that experiencing ups and downs with your martial arts training is part of the journey. When you’re ready to get back to training, work toward building a consistent routine and then maintaining that routine as best you can in the future.
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