A break in your exercise routine can come about due to a variety of reasons. It might be the result of an injury, the fact that you are recovering from a surgery, the weather hasn’t allowed you to get outdoors, or simply that you have gotten to busy with other things in life to make exercise a priority. Regardless of your reasoning, getting back into the habit of exercise is a healthy and worthwhile goal. However, you should approach it in a certain way after a sustained absence. Read on to learn more:
Ask Your Doctor First
Before beginning an exercise habit, consult your physician first. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, you should consult your doctor before begging an exercise regimen if you haven’t been active for three months or longer. If you are recovering from injury or surgery, obviously checking with your doctor is that much more important.
Kellie Sikorshiand, who is a trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp in Miami, Florida, says it’s important to take it easy on yourself when starting a new exercise routine. She says trying to do too much too soon can leave you feeling defeated when you inevitably struggle. Physical therapist Karena Wu, adds that overdoing it can not only lead to discouragement, but it can also cause injuries. These experts recommend you begin with low-intensity workouts and then slowly build up your duration, frequency, and activity level. Once you have kept it low key for a week or two, you can then increase your intensity.
Choose an Activity You Will Enjoy
Experts at Healthy Living AZ say it’s vital for you to choose an activity you enjoy when transitioning back to a more physical lifestyle. If you set out to exercise but don’t actually enjoy the activity you are doing, you will quickly lose interest and boredom will set in. The next thing you know, you will be skipping exercise simply because it isn’t something you enjoy. For example, these experts suggest walking your dog if you have one. This will be enjoyable for you both. If you are walking on a treadmill, binge watch something on Netflix while you get your miles logged for the day. Be creative and willing to try a new class. You never know, it might be something you end up loving.
Don’t be intimidated by the process of getting healthy. You don’t have to go from a couch potato to fitness model overnight. Remember the tips listed above to easily transition into a more active lifestyle.
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