30 Apr How to get back on track with your workout routine
Ah, spring – a time of renewal!
After a long winter hibernation, your body may not be where it used to be in terms of performance. Throw a pandemic into the mix and it’s no surprise many of us ignored our health over the winter months! With so many disruptions, stress and uncertainty, along with the closure of many gyms, our fitness and wellness routines may have changed drastically.
As a result, returning to sports and physical activity may be more difficult – and a slower process – than usual. Though tempting to jump right back into your regular activity, it’s important to remember to ease back into a routine, giving your body a chance to get back into shape and avoid injury. Don’t assume you can pick up where you left off!
No one wants to spend the warmer months with a preventable injury! We’ve compiled four ways you can kickstart your fitness routine:
Plan out your workout routine
It may sound simple, but planning is key to restarting your routine. It’s important to manage expectations and accept that you won’t have the stamina you once did! Consider your overall health goals, then look at what’s feasible with your schedule and the equipment at hand. You may even want to consult with your physician prior to beginning a new routine.
Gradually increase the duration and intensity of your workouts as your body adapts. Having a workout buddy can help you stay accountable and maintain motivation.
Always stretch, warm up and cool down
Daily stretching is critical to your new exercise routine, keeping your muscles flexible and strong. A brief warm-up routine can help prepare your body for physical activity, while a cool-down will ensure your heart rate returns to a normal resting rate.
Schedule regular RMT massage appointments
Deep tissue and sports massage help improve athletic performance, prevent injuries and help speed up recovery. (Psst…We offer mobile massage services through our massage app!)
You can also ask your Registered Massage Therapist to incorporate a bit of stretching into your massage. It can help counteract the tension that occurs as a result of the shortening of your muscles due to exercise. The result? Reduced pain and increase in range of motion.
Make sure to take rest days
Whether you’re already in prime shape or returning to working out, always schedule rest days into your routine. Active rest days incorporate a lighter form of activity, like a walk around the neighbourhood, whereas passive rest days see you doing, well, nothing! Both types of rest days can help your body recover and aid in muscle repair