Without dwelling on the past too much, it’s safe to say that 2020 was a tough year for us all. With gyms forced to close for months on end, people confined to their homes, stress levels higher than ever before, most of us found ourselves gaining weight during lockdown and struggling to get motivated to do something about it.
Now, here we are in the latter half of 2021 and thankfully we do have some semblance of normality back in our lives. With lockdowns lifted, gyms open to the public, and people getting more active again, many of us are trying to get back into somewhat of a health and fitness regime, though we’re not finding it easy.
After a long layoff, you can’t just jump back into a fitness routine and expect to pick up where you left off. It takes time to get back to where you were, but if you’re struggling, there are things you can do to help.
Here’s a look at some handy tips on how to jump start your fitness post-pandemic.
If you are lacking the motivation and the physical and mental energy required to get active and start working out again, why not look for inspiration and motivation from other sources?
Recently we saw the 2020 Olympic Games held in Tokyo, and what an event that turned out to be. The Olympics saw elite athletes from all over the globe compete in the ultimate athletic tournament and if you want inspiration, look no further.
Whether you’re drawing inspiration from pro athletes, from fitness videos online, from magazines, from music, or anywhere else, if you are struggling to get motivated, look for inspiration to help reignite the fire inside you.
Don’t run before you can walk
After a long lay off from the gym and from a structured training routine, it’s only natural for you to be excited and chomping at the bit to get back to where you were before lockdown. Unfortunately, getting back to that level will take time.
If you were running a 10K in 50 minutes before lockdown, don’t attempt to match that pace when you get back to training. Slow down, take your time, and ease yourself back into a routine.
It may be frustrating, but before you know it, you’ll be back where you were pre-pandemic, and you can once again start making progress and improving.
Listen to your body
Another very effective strategy for anybody looking to get back to a fitness routine after lockdown is to listen to your body.
If you try lifting weights that feel extremely heavy to you all of a sudden, stop lifting and go lighter. If you’re running out of breath quicker, or are experiencing pain or discomfort, slow down or stop altogether.
If you’re in pain, struggling, or just don’t feel right, don’t ignore these warning signs from your body, instead, listen to them and acknowledge them.