4 Ways to Get Your Health Journey Back on Track After Lockdown
Okay, it’s safe to say that the first half of 2020 has, well, to be perfectly honest it’s been a complete dumpster fire.
The world has been in the midst of a global pandemic, the likes of which we’ve never seen before, nor do we hope to ever see again. As a result of this, the majority of the world is currently in lockdown.
The good news is that there are signs that normality is slowly resuming, and as more and more countries begin to lift restrictions, businesses are opening up and people are leaving their homes once more.
For many people, with gyms closed and nothing to do, fitness levels have dropped sharply, waistlines have expanded, and healthy diets have been incredibly tough to stick to.
If you were making good fitness progress before lockdown, here are 4 ways to get your health journey back on track after lockdown.
1. Begin slowly
Whether you were lifting weights, training for a marathon, losing weight, or simply looking to improve your fitness, when you are able to resume full training, you need to begin slowly.
It will be tempting to resume training and try to train like you did before lockdown occurred, but the chances are that your fitness levels/strength/aerobic capacity levels won’t be where they are now where they were months ago, which is why you need to begin slowly.
Ease your way back into your training and gradually aim to improve with each session.
2. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself
Okay, the truth is that the last few weeks/months have been very stressful, and there is no shame in having gained weight, slacked off from your training, let your diet slip, and consumed more alcohol than you should.
When you resume training, you’ll likely find that you’re slower, weaker, and a great deal less fit than you were at the start of lockdown, and that’s okay.
Don’t beat yourself up mentally over your weight gain, your loss of fitness, your loss of strength/muscle mass, or anything else for that matter.
Be kind to yourself, take your training a day at a time, and focus on what you have achieved, rather than what you have lost.
3. Train with somebody else
With many of us being forced to socially isolate ourselves away from friends, family, and people in general, when it is indeed safe to socialise with others and exercise with others, use this to your advantage from a fitness perspective.
To help get your fitness journey back on track, train with a friend/family member as that way you can both motivate/encourage each other and help each other.
Training with somebody else will hold you accountable, it will help you to dig deeper, plus there will be an element of competitiveness so the pair of you will work that little bit harder.
4. Make training fun
When you are able to resume proper exercise, it’s important to enjoy it as you need to look forward to working out, not dread it.
One of the best ways of enabling yourself to work harder when training and keep your motivational levels high is to simply enjoy what you’re doing.
If your goal after lockdown is to lose weight, find fun-filled cardiovascular activities that promote weight loss that you know you will enjoy and you know you will have a better chance of sticking to.
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