The clouds are parting and a beautiful ray of sunshine is making its way toward a world that has been in darkness for a few months now. Yup, Corona is on its way out! Good riddance!
One of the most widely anticipated freedoms we are eagerly awaiting is full access to our fitness routines. Whether it’s boot camp, cross fit, swimming, or anything else that gets your heart pumping, chances are that it was probably put on hold and you miss it terribly. We feel you! Although the fitness struggle has been real, it’s finally time to dust off the dumbbells and get back to work!
But before you go back full force, there’s a few things to keep in mind as we ease our way back into it. Let’s check out some of our best tips on how to get your body back in the swing of things the right way!
Stagger your days – cardio vs weight training
Mostly like your routine previously consisted of an upper body day, a lower body day, and some form of full body or cardio day in between. It might seem like the best course of action would be to jump headfirst into it and try to make up for lost time. Wrong! Trying to do it all EVERYDAY will lead to nothing more than a quick burnout. It’s important to give your body the rest it needs in between days of focus. It’s best to focus on different sections of your body on different days and alternating between cardio days and weight training days.
Add weight slowly
The gain train quickly left the station once corona decided to rear its ugly face. No need to panic though. The body is an amazing piece of machinery and can get you back to where you left off in no time – if you do it right. Your max weight is not where you want to start on day 1 of post-quarantine training. Start with way less than you’re accustomed to and see how it feels. With each set, build on it by adding a few pounds. Even if it feels easy, you have to give your body a chance to feel the weight again. Too much too fast is opening up the possibility for injury.
Be patient with yourself
You may have been riding high on a huge wave of success or had recently started your fitness journey pre-quarantine so you’re anxious to get back on that track and continue. The past couple of months at home though dictate otherwise. And that’s ok! The WORLD is recovering, your body is no different. We’ve all been through a rough time in our lives and the only way to come out of it with little remaining effects is to have patience and trust the process.