GETTING BACK INTO EXERCISE AFTER A BREAK (STEP BY STEP)
Taking a break from exercise is something that happens to everyone during their lives at some point or another. Covid-19 has forced sporting activities to stop however things are starting to normalise.
We’ve made a step by step guide on how to get back into exercise from start to finish to make things as easy as we possibly could. It’s not an easy thing to do, but getting started is always the first step, and you’re certainly in the right place to do it.
STEP 1 – FIND WHY YOU STOPPED
One of the best things that you can do for yourself is to find out what made you stop exercising the first time. There are a lot of factors that can come into play when thinking about your reasons to stop. Some are inevitable, some not so much.
Once you have managed to find the reason, you’re ready to move onto the next stage of the process of getting yourself back on track!
STEP 2 – BUILD YOUR MOTIVATION
The next step of your journey back to fitness is building up your motivation to help you find a reason to keep on training. It may even be the same as it was before you took the break, but now with a fresh attitude and some extra guidance, you can give yourself a fighting chance to stick at it and make fitness a healthy and enjoyable part of your life.
REMEMBER MUSCLE MEMORY
Your body has a genius way of keeping you in good condition even after your exercise thanks to the work you already put it. It’s an amazing concept to have at your disposal.
Muscle memory means that even if you haven’t trained in a long time, the extra cells that you did produce when you were training are still there in your body. They’re actually just waiting to be needed again. That gives you much faster progress than you would have seen the first time you were training, no matter if it was for strength training or for cardio.
STEP 3 – PROGRESSIVELY BUILD UP
You won’t walk in exactly where you left off. You can’t just walk into your gym and get back on the bench with the same weight you had when you left. Trying may actually be demotivating if you feel disappointed form the get-go. You’re muscle still needs time to build up, and your form or technique may well be off too, just like when you start something new. Start slowly and work your way back up or you are just asking for an injury to happen which may take you back out of your training quicker than you started it.
STEP 4 – PLAN AHEAD
Finally, one of the most important things for you to consider when you’re getting back into your training is to plan ahead. Getting used to putting time aside for your fitness can be really challenging after a long time off as you often have other things that will be filling up your time.
KEEP IN MIND
Remember to take things at your own pace, and don’t expect instant gratification. Fitness is a hard thing to master and needs to be a long-term situation, not a short-term fix to get to where you want to be.
Only you can control how you’ll train, but with the right attitude and the right knowledge, you can get back into a routine in no time at all and it will feel like second nature.