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Getting back to training after a break

The last 12 months have definitely been tough - and self-preservation has rightly been at the top of our priority list. For some people, exercise was an outlet and they've emerged from lockdown fitter than ever - whereas others may have taken things easier or been shielding. Wherever you're at as we (hopefully) emerge into a normal world with gyms and leisure centres reopening, it's important to listen to your body and take things at your own pace. So, without further ado, here are my tips for training after lockdown:

  • Take it easy, even if you have kept up your fitness, going back to the gym and beasting the weights on your first session is not a great idea. Have a plan, take it easy and build up your resistance and intensity gradually.

  • Exercise outside as much as possible, now that the weather is getting better, training in a park or running in the countryside can massively boost your mood and get some vitamin D to boot!

  • Stretch - this will help keep your joints supple and avoid injuries.

  • Try something new, especially if you've been doing the same workouts for the past year. Step out of your comfort zone and try a different workout - whether it's strength work, Pilates, a dance workout or yoga - keeping your workouts fresh will help with motivation.

  • Train with a friend - now that we can meet more freely, meet with a friend and train together, its motivational, and will help keep you on track.

  • Do some resistance training - if you run, walk, cycle or stretch a lot, resistance training will bring balance to your programme.

  • Get a Personal Trainer - if you're still lost and have no clue about how to get exercising, now is the time to kick start your fitness and improve your health with a PT. If anything, this year has taught us about the importance staying fit and healthy. A good PT will keep you motivated and coach you safely to a better level of fitness.

Make time for yourself and your training, your health is important and it should be a priority, you will feel more positive and less stressed. Prioritising time for yourself will help you be a better person to those around you.

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