Like many things in life that ebb and flow, a strong workout regiment can easily fall off your radar for numerous reasons. Whether you’ve experienced an injury, a busy holiday or work schedule, or you simply fell into a spell of laziness, working out can sometimes get put on the backburner, even for people who have the best intentions, reasons to stay fit and motivation. Luckily, if you are determined you can get back on track fairly easy, in fact, you will probably get on track easier than someone who has never worked out. Don’t be dismayed, your experience and muscle memory will be in your favor. Here are some tips to get you back to feeling great again!
Start off Slow
It’s natural to want to conquer the world once you decide to be more active again, however, to avoid burnout, muscle soreness, and possible injury. Consider tackling flexibility exercises such as yoga for a couple of weeks before delving into easier cardio exercises like faster paced walking. Eventually, you can switch up your regiment by adding weight training and group classes.
Stick to a Routine
Everyone typically has a time of day when they have more energy, try to determine what time works the best for you and stick to a routine. Try setting a goal of working out three to five times a week and adding in times of exercise when you’re feeling strong enough. Sometimes people find sticking to a morning schedule before work or other commitments get in the way is easiest.
Invite a Friend
Studies have shown that you are far less likely to skip a workout if you know someone is counting on you. Consider asking a friend to join you for a group exercise class, a yoga session, or even a simple walk after work. Stack the odds of reaching your goals even faster with a friend, not to mention it’s more fun, and you will tend to get more out of your session, work harder, and be safer if you do things in pairs or even a group.
To avoid injury after taking a hiatus from exercise it’s important to get into the habit of properly stretching. Stretching warms up your muscles, keeps them flexible and strong, and aides with range of motion. Furthermore, stretching reduces pain and stiffness, improves your overall health, muscular function, blood flow, and performance. Once you are settled into a routine, keep the habit of stretching because of the far-reaching benefits (see what we did there?)
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