Post-Quarantine: Getting Back to the Gym Routine
After months of lockdown and enforced quarantine due to the coronavirus, many are asking questions about when and how to get back into regular life. High on the list of those questions is how to get back into a gym routine once the lockdown measures have eased more significantly. Depending on where you live, your gym may already be open, or it may be preparing to open in the weeks to come.
Whatever the case may be, if you’re looking for ideas about how to get back into the gym routine, below are a few pointers that may help.
Assess Your Current State of Health
You may be tempted to launch straight into a hardcore workout once those gym doors open, but before you get too gung-ho, it’s essential to assess your current state of health. If you’ve been sedentary and less active during the lockdown, your fitness levels won’t be as high.
Creating a new routine means checking in with your body. Assess your posture as well as areas of tension, flexibility, energy levels, balance/core, motor skills, and more. In doing so, you may notice problem areas such as a bad back that needs seeing to by a chiropractor before you even get to the gym. Evaluating your current health and tailoring your routine to it is a sensible way to re-start your gym routine.
SnapCrack, a walk-in chiropractor in Brickell, can help you assess your state of health and create a new routine. Simply walk in and speak to one of our chiropractors. You won’t need a reservation to be seen.
Ease into Your Routine
If you’ve been working from home and exercising less over the lockdown period, it’s best to ease into a new gym routine. Don’t start by going in every day and doing long sessions to make up for hours on the sofa or the extra cake you’ve been eating. Start with going in two or three days a week for 30-45 minutes at a time, then steadily increase it. Your body will thank you for it.
Avoid High-Intensity Training
Unless you’re already very fit or you’ve been training consistently during the quarantine period, it is best to avoid high-intensity workouts until you’ve adjusted to regular gym activities. Over-exerting the body weakens the immune system, so hold off on high-intensity workouts until you’re stronger.
If you’re looking to ramp up your workout, it’s always best to do so gradually. Help from experts, like the experts at Brickell chiropractor SnapCrack, is definitely a plus.
Choose Immune Supportive Exercise and Diet
During these times of Covid-19, it is more important than ever to engage in healthy habits to maintain strong immunity. It goes without saying that it is essential to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and boost your diet with antioxidant-rich foods along with vitamins A and D.
The other way of boosting the immune system is through a regular moderate exercise like mobility sessions, stretching, yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, dancing, etc. Also, other physical activities that encourage good posture, deep breathing, healthy blood flow, relaxation, flexibility, a wide range of motion around the joints, good motor control, stability and balance, and functional muscle strength will sustain your body for longer and help promote immunity.
If you’re preparing to head back to the gym after an extended period of quarantine or isolation, be sure to heed the above tips before embarking on your new fitness routine. And remember, be safe!