How to Safely Return to Exercise
BearFitness finally opened its doors, and you were ready to get back after it! If you’ve attacked your first workout like the last day before the shutdown, you are probably sore! It feels good and bad all at the same time!
As much as we want you to push hard, we’d prefer you to ease into it!
Remember when you started? We purposely slowed you down and kept the weights light because your body wasn’t ready for it. Back then, you were happy to slow down and keep it light because all of this exercise stuff was new to you, but now you want to hit it hard!
Taking time off and returning is more likely to put you at risk for injury than when you were getting started. Why? Because you know your limits, you remember how hard you could push on conditioning workouts. Your mind is telling you that if you don’t attack workouts with the same intensity, you’re not going to see results.
Don’t let your mind play tricks on you.
Consistency will provide more results than intensity when you start back up. Reducing your intensity will also reduce the chances of injury or being so sore you cancel your workout the next day. We’d rather see you in the gym three or more days lifting less weight and going slower instead of seeing you one day and not returning until the following week.
Lastly, remember abs are made in the kitchen, and the best way to build muscle and burn fat is with better nutrition. Start slow. Drink more water, add more veggies, or get back into the habit of food prepping several meals a week, and don’t forget we are here to help you make a plan! All you have to do is ask!
It’s been awesome to see everyone back at the gym! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you are struggling to get back or to get started.