If you are returning to the exercise routine after a break then wait and read this blog. Even if you are not planning to return to the exercise routine but will do sooner or later, then also read this blog.
Today, I will discuss what approach should be taken to unpause the paused workout routine. Let’s quickly understand it :
The main thing you need to understand is that you are not the same person or not at the same level you were before the break. You may find it affronting but this is the reality because if you are returning after a while, your body is not prepared for the exact same stuff you were doing before the break. Even if you were going for a morning walk, you cannot and should not go for the exact same distance you once were going.
So what should be done in such a case? For the answer, I talked to Personal Trainer Cynthia Balout. She told me that if you are doing a workout after a while, you should gradually increase it. If you were at an intermediate level, consider yourself at a beginner level after a break. If you were using heavyweights before the break, now you need to start with light weights and gradually increase the weight according to the progress.
Cynthia further shared that normal pushups, squats and planks can be done at the beginning and that’s a sufficient workout. You should understand that you need to be very patient about getting into the workout routine and overdoing can hurt you. Consider your body being locked and now you need to open it very swiftly.
I recently returned back to the exercise routine after 3 weeks break. I was able to do 60 mins HIIT before the break, but now I know I cannot do that much, my approach is very simple, I am giving 10 mins to the exercise and doing easy movements. Before the workout, I am giving time to the warmup and after the workout, I am doing 10-15 mins stretching because that’s a must.
If you are returning back after an injury, kindly consult a doctor.
That’s it for this week’s blog. Comment below if you are not doing a workout for some reason and need some motivation or if you are unsure about how to start.
Thanks to Cynthia (@__cyn__thiia__ ) for finding time to guide me. I enjoy doing her workout sessions regularly (before the break), you can find her workouts on Youtube and Instagram.
Until next week, stay healthy and remember to smile.