After months of daily walks, Instagram live workouts and Zoom exercise classes, we can definitely say that the pandemic has changed the way we workout.
Many gyms and studios across Victoria are now back open and with all the excitement around it there are a few things to consider before you jump back into your old regime.
Be kind to Yourself
If your movement regime has been pretty different to pre-covid it is important to take it easy. Perhaps this time has changed the way you work out – with more cardio and less weights during lockdown. With the accessibility to different online classes maybe you started a completely new regime like yoga or barre. You may have had minimum space or mental stamina for exercise. Whatever the reason to avoid injury and get back into the right mindset it is important to take it easy and be kind to yourself. Know that you may not be at the fitness level you were before and that’s okay. Don’t guilt trip yourself into rushing back into things if you aren’t up for it.
Give your body time to adjust
Try not to push your body further than you need to. During lockdown some people may have taken a more relaxed approach to their exercise routine. Don’t let the excitement of being back drive you to do much too quickly and burn out. Be mindful that you may have just had months off of exercising so don’t go back to lifting heavy weights you were at. Try to go about 50-75% of your usual intensity for the first one to two weeks. Focus on your technique and spend extra time warming up and cool down to avoid injury.
Plan your workout in advance
With social distancing measures in place class sizes have been reduced by around 50%. That means your favourite classes might get booked up in advance really quickly. Get familiar with when your favourite studios timetables are released and open up for booking. This way you can plan advance and book in early to avoid missing out!
Don’t forget about your diet and sleep
With all the uncertainty that the pandemic has provided your sleep may have been all over the place across the past couple of months. Not to mention, you may be out of your normal eating routine. As you get back into training it is important to focus on a healthy diet and hydration so think whole food meals packed with vegetables less delivery and processed food. Drink a minimum of 2 litres of water pending your weight and workout intensity and try to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
4 Tips to get Back into Exercise after the Break — Corporate Health, Workplace Wellness & Wellbeing is written by Amanda McMillan for www.wellineux.com