Getting Back in Shape Post-Lockdown
The global pandemic and subsequent lockdown made it difficult for many people to keep up with their usual exercise regimen. At-home workouts work well for some, but others find it difficult to keep up with it without the motivation of a gym or a trainer. For those who fall into that camp, you are not alone. As we’ve learned to better navigate the pandemic and places re-open, keep these tips in mind when returning to your exercise regimen for the best experience possible.
Reassess your fitness
No matter how much you might want to, you can’t jump back to the same amount of reps at the same weight unless you have kept up with your weight training. Don’t push yourself to the limits you could hit last March, as you could hurt yourself. Instead, monitor how far you can go, be patient with yourself, and work back to that fitness level.
Work gradually, regularly
Once you know where you stand on your fitness journey, get to work, but work up to it. If you’re weight training, add a few more reps after a few days, or maybe an extra five pounds. If you’re running, go a little further or for a little more time next week. You need to rebuild your stamina, and the only way you can do that is with regular practice. Don’t push yourself to your total limits once a week. Instead, get a good workout in three or four times a week. You’ll get back where you were sooner than you think.
Don’t skip warm-ups or cool-downs
Making sure your muscles and loose and ready before a workout is crucial to not hurting yourself– especially if you’re going from sedentary to active. When you finish, don’t plop down on the couch and relax, as your muscles will tighten and you will be more sore the next day. Don’t forget to stretch out after a good workout to keep your body as healthy and happy as possible.
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