Returning To The Office & Maintaining Your Workout Routine

Returning To The Office & Maintaining Your Workout Routine

Going back to the office is stressful enough – don’t give up your stress-relieving boxing workout. Stay fit and zen as you adjust to your "new normal."

Published: May 5, 2022

Topics: Tips & Technique, Training

Author: Mollie McGurk

As more companies invite employees back to the office, many people are finding themselves struggling to re-adjust. One of the greatest benefits of working from home was being able to work out whenever you wanted. But the good news is, you can still maintain your workout routine even if you’re back to a daily commute.

One of the best things about at-home boxing and kickboxing programs is that they are still accessible to you even on a tighter schedule. Though many people only discovered the joys of at-home fitness during lockdown, the ease it offers is even more important as commitments outside of the home now increase. What’s more, this transition to a more on-the-go schedule can pile on the stress, making exercise even more critical for your mindset.

Here are just a few ways to keep up with your workout routine even as your life gets busier.

Try Shorter Workouts

When working remotely, many people found it so much easier to commit more time to fitness. With an added commute and more time needed to get ready, returning to the office can mean less free time in your day – but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a solid workout.

Maybe you got used to devoting a full hour to your exercise routine, but now you don’t have that kind of time. It’s okay to cut it short, and still have an effective workout. Just 15 minutes of high intensity boxing or kickboxing gives you a full-body, heart-pumping workout in way less time than other forms of exercise.

On days when even 15 minutes is hard to find, you can do 5 or 10 minutes of shadowboxing or stretching to keep your body moving. A mini workout session is better than no workout session at all!

Be Flexible

You may have to adapt your fitness routine to accommodate your changing schedule. If you were used to working out in the morning but now find your mornings too hectic, it might be time to switch it up to evening workouts or vice versa.

Breaking up your workouts can also make things easier. Were you dedicated to ending with abs after every bag workout but now you’re struggling to fit it all in? Try a 20-minute session on the bag when you can, then do your core workout later when you have another five minutes to spare.

The beauty of an at-home fitness program like FightCamp is that professional training and different length workouts are available to you 24/7 wherever you are on our App. No matter how much time you have and when you have it, you can find a workout session that fits your schedule. It might not be what you were used to, but haven’t these past few years taught us to be flexible?

Plan Ahead

Make it easier to schedule that workout by preparing ahead of time. If you plan to work out in the morning, get your exercise clothes out the night before so you’re ready to go. Maybe it’s easier for you to get that workout in right when you come home from the office. Before you head out the door in the morning, set your gear up for later. It’s also a nice reminder that you have a great de-stress session to look forward to when you come home.

And while we’re on the topic of planning ahead, don’t forget the importance of meal planning. Again, it might take a little getting used to, but you can still set yourself up for success even if you’re back to the daily commute. The great thing about a boxer’s diet is that a lot of healthy snacks are easy to take on-the-go. Grab some fresh fruit, nuts, or yogurt to have at the office to keep your metabolism humming throughout the day. If smoothies are your thing, consider making a batch in advance if you won’t have time before or after your workout.

Morning at-home boxing workout

Go Easy on Yourself

Adjusting to a new schedule is extremely difficult. Don’t add to that stress by beating yourself up if you can’t get into a rhythm right away. It takes time to adjust, and it can take up to 21 days to form new habits.

There may be days when you are too overwhelmed or tired to work out. Maybe you had to stay late at the office and it throws your whole routine out of balance. Give yourself a rest day and try your workout the next. The critical component of any training program is to aim for consistency and not let yourself get discouraged.

Find Community

Having the right support during any transition period is key. It may feel odd that something that was once so normal such as going to the office every day now feels so strange. You are not alone! In fact, the switch from remote work to in-person work is causing many people to re-think their entire careers. Work-life balance is sacred but so difficult to achieve in today’s world.

Reach out to friends, family members, and other like-minded fitness enthusiasts for support. The FightCamp Community is filled with people in your same position, trying to figure out how to maintain their newfound love for boxing with much less time at home. The FightCamp blog is also filled with insight and tips on how to stay the course with your fitness goals and with whatever life throws your way.

The Takeaway

Change can be tough, especially when you’ve gotten comfortable with a new routine. The freedom of working remotely allowed so many people to finally embrace a healthier lifestyle, but returning to the office does not have to sabotage that at all.

At-home fitness is still the easiest way to help you maintain a workout routine no matter what your schedule looks like. Programs like FightCamp ensure that you have access to professional training whenever you have the time and wherever you are. Creating an at-home gym means you can jump into a workout as soon as you have a few minutes to spare. Since exercise is critical to relieving stress and fostering better mental health, it’s critical to keep fitness in your life as you adjust.

Ready to train like a fighter? Get access to hundreds of boxing, kickboxing, strength, conditioning, recovery, and stretching workouts that will push you mentally and physically. Download the FREE FightCamp App and train with real professionals from the comfort of your own home.

Mollie McGurk

Mollie McGurk is a writer and has trained in boxing, kickboxing, MMA, and HIIT for over 10 years. She has also studied personal training through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) program.

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