Getting back to physical activity, alone or with a group, indoors or outdoors, is a process that many people are delaying in the wake of the pandemic. However, exercise is fundamental for your health, so finding the motivation to restart is of the essence. Follow these hints to resume training and reap the benefits and joy of physical exercise!
New exercises for new times
If you're not sure what you want or can do, take the time to find that sport or training style that suits your tastes, so that you don't give up easily. This is the opportunity to do something you've always wanted to try. Look on YouTube, in the media, on professional websites for gyms and academies, take a look at platforms that offer online classes, try exercise apps, and talk to friends who exercise. Don't let this fall pass you by, which is always a good season to restructure routines.
Join a group and get outdoors
All possible is welcome! Combining exercise with the outdoors can be a good option because we spend too many hours indoors and in artificial environments. The relationship with nature can avoid giving up (even the most shivery will learn that the cold is solved with a windbreaker!) Similarly, gathering a group of friends, neighbours, or joining pre-existing groups (walking, running, and other sports), listening to music you like and that motivates you, or using apps that support you - and show you results - are good strategies.
Persistence is essential
The training process takes time, and this often leads to frustration. Some professionals point out that if you start at a higher fitness level than the one you are actually at, this can lead to injuries and demotivation. On the other hand, if you don't get results in the first month while taking the exercise seriously, persevere: you will surely get results in the following months. The longer the training routine is, the better the results can be because the muscles being worked on need new stimulation.
Professionals support and motivation
For the best results, or if you are a beginner in a sport, it is vital to seek professional help, even if it is only in the first phase. You can arrange a pack of classes with a teacher or personal trainer to become autonomous. Better yet: share this pack with friends.
Don't neglect your diet
A healthy diet is essential to maintain your health and can be crucial for getting results, depending on your more or less ambitious goals. A physical assessment and an appointment with a nutritionist to get a professionally devised plan is a good bet.
Have fun while gaining quality of life
A sedentary lifestyle is prejudicial to both your physical and mental health. Physical activity is essential to taking care of yourself, so take some time for that. Try to do something you enjoy or at least something you adapt well to - otherwise, you'll end up giving up.
Scientific studies in this area have shown that it is more important to be regular than to make a massive effort occasionally. In terms of exercise, it has been proven that 30 to 40 minutes of brisk walking, 5 days a week, is the basis for escaping inactivity and warding off some chronic diseases. Don't forget that you can turn anything into a habit, and give yourself a few weeks for results to show: no exercise is effortless for those who are not used to it. The cherry on top are the enormous physical and mental benefits you'll get, improving your quality of life.
Exercise is essential to maintaining physical health and boosting immunity, and the pandemic makes you think about that. Even those who have been ill should make an effort to return to exercise, although with extra caution and always after medical evaluation (especially in more severe cases). Activity should be restarted progressively, and you should not start training again with the same amount of exercise you used to do before the infection.