As we enter the new year, getting back to the gym and exercising after a break can be a challenge. If you’ve found yourself a little off track and out of a routine, here are a few helpful tips to help you return to exercise and back into a healthy routine for the new year.
Don’t start when you left off
When you take a break from exercising, your muscles and physical fitness will decline to some degree. As a result, you can lose strength and mobility in your muscles, which can increase your risk of injury when returning to exercise. That’s why it’s vital to start slowly and gradually increase your intensity and load over time. During exercise, it’s vital that you listen to your body and the signs that could potentially lead to an injury. If you feel pain or niggles during exercise, stop and rest as you could possibility injure yourself.
Find a workout partner
Let’s be honest, having a workout partner makes exercise more enjoyable. You can chat and catch up in-between your sets and you’ll have some friendly competition by pushing each other further. It’s even a bonus when weight training, as your workout partner can spot you through those last tough reps.
Get into a routine
When it comes to exercise, consistency is key. On average, a new habit takes 28 days to develop. The more often you exercise, the easier it will become. That’s why incorporating even 30 mins of exercise into your daily routine will help you on your way to becoming a healthier self.
Find the exercise for you
One of the most important aspects of exercise is finding one that you enjoy. From playing sports and going for a walk with friends to dancing or yoga and Pilates, finding the activity that brings you the most joy will make exercise less of a burden and more enjoyable.
Stretch and stretching
Stretching is vital when exercising, even more so, if you haven’t exercised for a period. Stretching increases flexibility and range of motion, which can help your muscles work more effectively and lessen your chance of an injury. Ensure that before any exercise you thoroughly stretch to warm up and prepare your muscles for the exercise.
Whether you’re returning to exercise after the Christmas break, an injury or illness, it can be challenging to get back into the swing of it. However, with the help of a qualified health professional, like our passionate team, it doesn’t have to be. Our Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologist can create a personalised exercise program to address your needs and helps you reach your goals.