Building Self Confidence To Workout When You’ve Suffered A Setback

Getting into a fitness routine, pushing yourself, and reaching your goals takes a lot of time and energy, as well as a big commitment to yourself and your health. So when your health suffers, either through an injury or an illness, it can really set you back and put you right back at square one.

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Feeling like you’ve got to start over with your fitness is a common feeling, and it can really affect your confidence. Whether you feel like you can’t do it or that things are harder than they used to be, it’s important to get back on that horse. Exercise will help improve your physical health and boost your mental health, and it can be a welcome part of your routine once you’ve found your feet again.

Here is some advice to help you regain the confidence to work out when you’ve suffered a setback.

While it’s understandable that you’ll want to be back where your fitness used to be, it isn’t going to happen overnight. If you try to move too quickly, you could end up injured or losing further confidence from not getting the same results as you once did.

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Set yourself some manageable goals

Start by setting yourself some manageable fitness goals, aims you can work towards slowly, helping you to regain technique and basic fitness first. From increasing the times of your workouts to making it to the gym a certain number of times a week, start with goals that are realistic before building up to bigger ones.

Choose workout clothes that help your performance 

The workout clothes you wear can help you feel more confident about working out. You should choose items that are comfortable, supportive, and can help keep you cool too. Treating yourself to some new outfits will help you feel in a better mindset for working out. Brands are more attune to the different needs of people now, so you can find great selections for curvier shapes, as well as amputee leggings and other items that can help give you a boost. Always make sure you have the right type of shoes for your workout to make sure you’re better protected against injury.

Ease yourself in, and consider working with someone else

Fitness is something that needs to be built up over time. So if you’re getting back into things after a long period away, ease yourself in gently. Walking and swimming can be gentle, effective exercises to start until you’re feeling fitter and stronger. Take a look at fitness plans from others in your position to see how they’ve eased themselves back into exercise.

It can also help if you work out with someone else, such as a friend or personal trainer who can help make sure you’ve got the right form to prevent injury, as well as help you train as needed. 

If, for any reason, you feel pain – stop! Consult your doctor or take a rest to stop yourself from overdoing things.

Exercise is something that can help you begin to feel a semblance of normality, helping you form a routine and get back into activities that you once enjoyed. Take it slow, put your health first, and soon you’ll see your confidence creeping back up as you start to reach your goals once more.

This is a collaborative post.



  1. I started working with a personal trainer for the first time in January. Now, I have at least one day a week when I’m encouraged to work harder than I would on my own. It’s been a good investment.

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    1. That’s great. Have you seen an improvement in your health? Mental health at least? I had my knee surgery in June and instead of going to official PT, I did my own by walking the stairs. It was good exercise and my doctor said I was a month ahead of people who had the surgery when I did. I need to get back at it, I’ve gone thru this horrible phase of not being able to sleep, waking up 3-4 times a night and I’m too tired to go up and down the stairs. Keep up the good work.

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      1. The most obvious improvement I’ve seen is an increase in physical strength in my arms and core. There’s been maybe a slight improvement in mental health. I did a lot more walking/hiking in May and June which has aggravated my heel spurs into plantar fascitis, so I’m having to modify. Considering moving toward more swimming which is likely to improve my mental health as it has in the past. I hope your sleep gets better. Sometimes I listen to sleep meditations on youtube. Thanks for the encouragement. ❤

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