Who’s excited that gyms are reopening? We certainly are! Having a safe space to exercise and work towards your fitness goals with likeminded people is so important to so many people. It’s also great for your overall health and wellbeing.
While getting back to physical activity after the COVID-19 lockdown is a really exciting time, it’s important to proceed with caution, especially at the beginning. Many of our clients have been asking us for our advice before they go back to the gym, so we’ve put together this quick guide to returning to exercise after the pandemic.
Firstly, ease yourself back into it. Trying to reach the same level of fitness you were at before the COVID-19 outbreak too quickly could do you a lot of harm. Instead, take it slow and listen to what your body is telling you.
Warm ups are always crucial but especially now that your body may not be so used to exercise. Making sure you carve out around 10 or 15 minutes to get properly warmed up, and target the warm up specifically to the exercise you’re going to be doing.
Similarly, taking proper rest days is always important, but now it’s even more crucial. We recommend that you take around 48 hours off training between each session so that your body can recover. If you don’t, you could end up with injuries.
If you’ve let your diet slip since the COVID-19 outbreak, you’re certainly not alone and we definitely don’t judge you! But if you’re getting back to exercise, it could be time to tweak your eating habits.
Take some time each week to plan your meals based on what your body needs and the goals you want to achieve. When you start exercising more, chances are you’re going to need to up your calorie intake, so make sure you take that into account, too.
Also, staying hydrated is so important when you’re going to the gym, so be mindful of how much water you should be drinking throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you’re drinking 6-8 full glasses of water each day (even on rest days), and have a water bottle to hand every time you work out.
The main takeaway here really is that you need to take it slow and lower your expectations of yourself when you first start back at the gym. Even if you’ve still been working out at home during the pandemic, you’re likely still going to need to ease into the gym as different types of equipment require different muscle and ligament movements. Browse our blog for more fitness tips and advice.
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