Getting Back Into Fitness After Restrictions
Everything is slowly but surely getting back to normal. We’ll soon be able to go back to the gyms and work out like we did before restrictions. Many people will make the common mistake of using the same training plan that was used prior, but is that wise?
The first UK lockdown taught me that working out from home is not the same as working out at the gym. This is mainly due to not having access to facilities such as machines and free-weights. Others may have found it a struggle not having that extra push from their trainers, and some may have found it hard to keep motivated when they’re used to competitive sports.
When people returned to the gyms after the first lockdown, we all felt it! I noticed that the struggle demotivated people. Although they had been working out throughout lockdown, they hadn’t been working at the same level, so could notice the effects it had on their fitness levels during classes and gym sessions.
When lockdown hit, it could have gone one of two ways: You could have been demotivated and not exercised, or you could have adapted and found a way to work out from home. Yes, you may not be as fit as you were before, and although it’s challenging, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get back to that fitness level you were.
When this lockdown is over, be smart about your training. You don’t want to go into it headfirst- you want to build into it. Take it back to basics: start with lighter weights, work on form and capability and build into the amount of days you train. For example, you could start with 2-3 times a week rather than every day, to build up your fitness. The last thing you want is to feel fatigued after the first day back. Take it slow, be sensible and most importantly listen to your body. With patience, you will be where you want to be in no time!
Trust The System!