As the National lockdown starts to ease and we are getting excited about the Gym’s opening again on 12th April, here are my top tips for easing back into gym training again – It’s been a while!!
- Go easy on the weights
Nearly all of us haven’t had access to heavier weights for quite a while, so please don’t think you can start again where you left off last year. Your muscles need time to re-adjust back up to your previous weights. For example, if you are using dumbbells, drop down two sizes to start with and for at least a couple of sessions keep it here until you feel more comfortable.
- Stretch, stretch and stretch again
It’s super important to ensure that before any exercise you stretch beforehand and after you have finished. Take a good few minutes to stretch the muscle groups you are about to use. I know sometimes it feels like a waste of time, but it isn’t and you will be grateful the next morning. I have plenty of mini stretch sessions on my Instagram account if you want some further inspiration. @work_in_your_work_out
- Little and often
For your body to adjust to working out in the gym again, I would suggest going little and often. If you usually do a 1 hour session, start with ½ hour then build up over a few weeks. Again, this will ensure your muscles have time to react and DOMS will be a little less harsh!
- Having enough fuel
This is a question I get asked frequently – when to eat before and after a workout. I suggest ideally to consume your meal approximately 1.5 hours before your workout, to have enough energy to perform at your best. If you are doing a workout first thing in the morning (a popular choice!) ensure you have had a decent meal the night before, do a ‘fasted’ workout, then have your breakfast straight after your workout. If you would like some help with nutrition advice, please just ask firstname.lastname@example.org
- Planning your workouts
To get the best out of your gym workout, go with a plan of what you would like to achieve. You are firstly much more likely to remain under control and not try to do too much, secondly you will be working the muscle groups you intended and not get distracted and thirdly you will feel very pleased with yourself for achieving what you set out to. If you would like some help with your programme plans, please just ask me email@example.com
Rebecca x x