If you’ve been keeping up with this blog, then you know I just got back from my honeymoon in Greece and is dreading the gym. Forgive me, it has been 2 weeks since my last visit, ok, ok, 3 weeks. I’m worried that my body needs a little “oiling” and revving before getting back into my old routine.
My general routine includes weights 3 times a week, followed by 20 minutes of high intensity, high interval training. Details about what these mean, and how they affect your body will be covered in future posts.
Anyway, so to ease my anxiety, and to make my comeback more fruitful – I’ve followed these general guidelines:
IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD
Go prepared, mentally before physically. If you go to the gym KNOWING that you won’t get through that hour of spinning class, then you are cutting yourself short. Go in with the right attitude, and give your body the appreciation it deserves – it can take you places you didn’t think of! So start your workout with the right state of mind, and the right accessories – be prepared with water, workout music, comfortable shoes, and a towel (plus whatever extra that works for you!)
Take the 15 minutes to prep your arms and legs for the workout. This can help increase blood, oxygen, and nutrient flow to your tissues and muscles – easing general movement. Warming up also prepares your heart for the increased activity that is coming up! A good way to warm up: stretch for 5-10 minutes, walk for 10-15 minutes (slowly but increase pace as you go) then proceed to do weights or any heavy exercise.
Many forget though, it is equally important to stretch and massage your muscles after working out as well!
EASY DOES IT!
It is very important to listen to your body. A little soreness is expected, but you should not feel actual pain. Starting off on a very ambitious workout may discourage you from going back. Instead, form the habit of going to the gym, start slow, and push yourself every time you go back. Baby steps does it!
In order for you to know how to move forward, you must keep track of what you are doing. Keep account of the weights that you’re lifting, speed that you’re jogging at, and duration. This will help you be more aware of the changes and improvements that you are making as you continue your routines. Another tip: it’s become a trend to snap “selfies” at the gym – though I don’t encourage that, I do think taking snaps shops and measurements on regular intervals (not too close apart) can be a great motivator, since you get to literally see the change that you might have otherwise not noticed.
Hope these help!