The weather is warming up, and you know what that means. It is time to get back into exercise for that desired beach bod. After everything that has happened in 2020, you may have become a couch potato all pandemic long, leaving you a little rusty when it comes to your exercise routine. Fear not, as you can get back into exercise, it just may take a little longer than you might expect.
You are not alone when it comes to taking a break from exercise. Many people have taken a break during the pandemic and it is good that you are thinking about getting back into it. As you are exercising, it is important to note that you may not be able to perform at the same level as you once did. Lifting those heavy weights or running 10 miles may not work out as you had hoped. Therefore, it is good to manage your expectations and set them low. Easing back into exercising is the safest option as you are more likely to avoid injury, slowly building up to what you were once able to do.
Once you are in the proper mind set and you are not setting your expectations too high, it is time to exercise. After a long break, it is important to take baby steps and frequently change up your routine. This means you should change up of the intensity and frequency in the types of workouts you do. If you are doing the same repetitive motion repeatedly, your body may not respond well. Strength training is something you should especially keep wary of. This is because if your weakened muscles lift too heavy of a weight, it can lead to joint pain. If you do end up pushing yourself too hard and get injured, rest is the best way to recover.
With fitness centers and gyms slowly getting back to normal and vaccines becoming more readily available, now is a great time to exercise. However, it is important to remember not to rush into strenuous exercise right away or you might injure yourself. Restarting your fitness routine and easing back into it is the best and safest option you could do.
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Article written by William Graves.