With lockdowns in place across the globe, we suspect that it has been a little while since you hit the gym or do any intensive training. Now lockdowns in many countries are being lifted, and some have started going back to work. You want to get back in shape, but you don’t know where to start. No stress. Whether you’ve been busy, distracted, injured, or just haven’t been able to find the motivation, there’s no better time to start again than right now. You can do it!
After all, breaks are good for you — too much exercise can lead to overtraining syndrome, which is quite severe and can have a whole array of adverse effects on your body and mind. So if you’re feeling tired or hurt, please listen to your body!
But when you are getting back on the wagon, here are some ways to ease into things.
Go Slow and Start Low
Ease back into workouts by keeping it short and sweet, and relatively low-impact (i.e., don’t do a 60 minute HIIT Bootcamp straight away)
Try Low Impact Cardio, maybe 4 exercise moves that are kind to your joints while you build stamina. Try dance sculpt, nothing like a quick dance sesh to make you fall in love with exercise again. And then try full-body cardio, make sure to keep it short, sweet, and sweaty.
Modify, Modify, Modify
We’re talking push-ups on the knees, stepping instead of jumping, the works. Please don’t overdo it your first time getting back into it. Everything can be adjusted; never sacrifice form for speed or intensity.
Before getting into those heavyweights, try doing some bodyweight exercises first to restore strength, form, and confidence. Try some strong midsection exercise that protects your back and serves as the foundation for a strong body.
Warm-up and Cool Down
Don’t forget these crucial steps for each workout (even the quick ones). Ensure you’re doing a proper warm-up to get your body ready and cool down afterwards to recover. This is essential!
Stretch it Out
Your muscles might be stiff and sore from limited movement. Make sure you’re doing some proper dynamic stretching to get yourself back in the game. Try 16 minutes of getting your muscles warm with a beginner yoga flow.
P.S. – Slow and steady will make you win the race.
Cheers to you and your fitness journey!