Whether your break has lasted a few months, or even a few years, there is an art to getting back into exercise safely.
Your body is set up for the habits you currently have, so that means that bringing in a new set of tasks (including exercise) is going to cause a fair bit of shock. Working smarter not harder is the key, and you don’t need a PT or a degree to get started again, it’s all about what you know.
Know your purpose
Have a goal in mind as your reason why you are entering back into the game. This could be to improve bone density as you age, increase muscle mass or improve your body composition (muscle to fat to bone ratios). Having a goal or reason to start is powerful, because it will give you ideas as to where to start. For example, if improving your bone density is your goal, exercises that involve resistance are a fantastic option.
Know your limits
“Back when you used to exercise…” can be a recipe for disaster. Many people take a significant amount of time off, and this means your body can no longer do what it used to. It won’t take long, but you need to prepare yourself for the possibility of starting back in the beginner’s circle while you find your feet again. For example, you may have been a seasoned triathlete before you became a parent, but getting back post-partum may call for some light running and maybe a swim if you feel like it later on. Use your body and how it feels as a guide.
Know your passions
At the end of the day, exercise is so enjoyable when you’re involved in activities you love and are surrounded by people who share your passions. The key to a lifelong enjoyment of physical activity and exercise comes down to getting involved in what you love.
Sure, going in head first can (sometimes) get you your desired results quicker, but the key is to stay on the bandwagon and enjoy the journey. So rather than choosing options that make you resent the concept all together and then fall off the bandwagon all together, find enjoyable options to share with those you love. For example, paddle boarding, golf, dancing, rock climbing and yoga.
The team at Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy are experienced in a range of areas including rehabilitation after exercise and injury management. Contact the practice today on (02) 4721 7798, email email@example.com or book your next appointment here.