Fitness

Returning to fitness after lockdown

Exercise influences everything from our mental health and stress management, to injury prevention and wellbeing. While we all exercise for different reasons, the most common is because it makes us feel good!

Are you returning to fitness after lockdown? Read our Q&A with personal trainers, Chris Pattison and Lincoln Ponton for advice and tips.

How should you approach exercise after a period of inactivity during lockdown?

Realistically! A lot of us have tried to 'maintain' our fitness levels, but we've been limited in what we can do. The disruption to our daily routines is likely to have included incidental exercise - such as walks or runs during your lunch break. All this, in addition to possible increased food intake, can create a 'perfect storm' of increased calorie intake and reduced energy expenditure.

It's best if you can ease your way back into your exercise regime. While your strength and cardio-endurance will have decreased, it's not lost. Reduce your pre-lockdown loads and give yourself plenty of time for recovery. Going 'too hard, too soon' potentially could lead to injury.

What exercises should I consider?

Strength, endurance and mobility are three areas that may have declined. When reintroducing your body to exercise, focusing on these areas will give you a strong launching pad back into your exercise program. Focus on redeveloping those basic movement patterns.

One great idea would be to speak to one of our gym staff and book a reappraisal or technique session, to go through anything you're not confident with.

Why is it important to return to exercise?

Exercise influences everything from our mental health and stress management, to injury prevention and wellbeing. While we all exercise for different reasons, the most common is because it makes us feel good!

Lockdowns have disrupted our lifestyles in many ways. But, whether it's team sport - or sweating it out with your regular 'gym tribe' - getting back to your normal routine is important for life balance.

What are the beneifts of training in a group, or with others?

If you're struggling to stick to an exercise routine when going it alone, having others exercise alongside you can give you the boost you need to keep moving. There's nothing like a bit of friendly rivalry, whether it be cycle, BodyPump, boxing or HIIT. Having others to measure yourself against is a great motivational tool. There's also the social environment, or 'tribal' mentality, to exercising in a group. It's a super enjoyable way to work out.

How can a personal trainer help you 'snapback' to pre-lockdown condition?

Our personal trainers are there to help you build confidence in yourself, by guiding you to correctly perform movement without fear or injury. They can also help you to identify flaws in techniques, so you can get the best out of your program.

Becoming bored with your routines, or falling into bad workout habits, can be a problem. Personal trainers can give you fresh ideas to challenge both your body and mind.

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