Have you been hibernating this winter? Or did one week where you skipped the gym quickly spiral into a month (or two) without working out?
Whether it’s been days, months or years since you have stepped foot into a gym, it can feel a little daunting when you’re ready to get back into it. So, it’s important to remember that everyone is on their own health and fitness journey and that the most important step is starting.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to getting motivated and avoiding injury.
Chances are that if you haven’t been working out regularly you probably aren’t quite as fit as you used to be, and that’s OK! When you get back into it, start slowly and make sure your expectations are realistic. Starting slow will minimise your risk of injury - instead of feeling overwhelmed and disappointed at not reaching unrealistic goals, you’ll feel motivated as you smash through your workouts.
Having a clear fitness goal in mind is going to help you stay motivated with something to work towards. A goal will also allow you to measure your progress and enable you to check that you are staying on track.
Plan a time to workout that fits with your routine. For example, if you’re not a morning person don’t book that early morning Group Fitness Class. Instead, plan workout sessions on your lunch break, after work or before dinner. Having your gym bag prepped and a post-workout snack ready to go will make a quick dash to the gym a lot easier.
Remember to plan days for active rest too. Activities like yoga, dynamic stretching or going for a walk are perfect options here. This will help you stay motivated and habitually incorporate physical activity into your daily life.
Group Fitness Classes are a great way to try new ways to exercise in a fun, friendly and supportive environment. Classes are guided by a qualified trainer who will make sure you're working out with correct form while getting the most out of your reps.
For one-on-one, tailored fitness advice speak with one of our PT’s. This is the ultimate way to stay accountable, get motivated and achieve your fitness goals.
Getting back into the habit of working out and making progress towards your fitness goals is so important for your overall health, so congrats on being here prepping yourself.