We know that the lockdown bored you and now that we’re resuming our lives, now’s the perfect time for you to hit the gym: to fade out all the laziness in your body, to get that desired body, to get back on track, but all of this is easier said than done. Remember, it takes 21 days to create a new habit, these 21 days are crucial for you to find your path towards your goals. Keep a positive mindset about working out daily and you’re halfway there. While you find your motivation, we’re here to suggest you a few tips that’ll help you reach your goals in the long run.
- Don’t rush into getting back to your original routine.
Your body hasn’t been active in the past few months — such a long break leads to a considerable reduction in your muscle strength and mass. You can’t just pick it up from where you left off. Don’t try in doing so otherwise you’re bound to break your body instead of building it. Go slow, intensify your workout gradually but slowly. Do cardio, know your endurance, time your workouts, keep a track of yourself. Remember, a masterpiece is not created overnight, it takes lots of time and effort to create.
2. Choose any activity of your choice.
The main part of any workout is that you should enjoy it while doing it. Be it weightlifting, cycling, running, or even aerobics, there’s no point in doing it if you’re not enjoying it. Remember, you’re restarting your body, you’re getting it used to a physical activity, so it can be any activity. Take pleasure in what you’re doing and in return your body will give you the desired results.
3. Structure your workout.
Visualise your progress over days, and later over weeks. Know what you’re doing right, correct what you’re doing wrong. It’s completely alright to not be able to perform your best version of a workout, you’ll gradually turn out better. Make sure you don’t slip into hibernation after a few weeks of working out. You can start slowly by working out for 3 days a week, and then slowly phasing back to your regular routine of 5/6 days of workout.
Bodyweight exercises (like the ones below) are a great choice because they are challenging but, if done properly, put minimal stress on your joints. These exercises are also scalable, which means that once you are ready you can add weights for even more of a challenge:
- Walking lunges
- Tricep dips
- Assisted chin-ups
- Assisted pull-ups
- Spiderman planks
If you aren’t successful in establishing a routine the first time around, don’t be too hard on yourself. Athletes have an off-season and so should you. It’s okay to take a break from the norm once in a while as long as you stay active and, most importantly, keep your body in motion.
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