Now that the summer holidays and their excesses are far behind us, it’s time to face the routine again and, for many, that means back to the gym and working out. At Casademont, we know that the keys to healthy living are basically a healthy diet and physical exercise. So, today, we offer a few tips on making the return to the gym that little bit more bearable.
1. Don’t rush into it
When you haven’t done any exercise for a while, you need to get your body used to training again, because you are in worse shape than you were before you started your holidays. For example, when you are lifting weights, do not try to force your muscles; start off slowly to avoid injury.
2. Stretches and warm-ups
It is essential to stretch and warm up the muscles before starting your fitness routine, given that they are in a relaxed state. To avoid injuring yourself, it is essential to prepare them for physical exertion and not to force them. This is the most important part of the training because your circulation gets going at this stage and the fibres are prepared for the physical effort of exercise.
3. Don’t overdo it
Every training session should offer a little physical challenge but it must always be tailored to the capabilities and limits of your body. Change and improvement needs to be progressive and routine. Always put the health and safety of your muscles and joints first. Be patient. If you are consistent, you’ll see improvements in your body!
4. Get hydrated
When we exercise continuously over time, our body loses more water than it can produce, which leads to dehydration. This is why it is so important to hydrate before, during and after workouts to replenish the water that your body has lost as sweat.
5. Enjoy yourself
Even though we all know that physical exercise requires sweat and sacrifice, never lose sight of the fact that it is something we do for our own enjoyment or as a group and to feel better about ourselves. While it does require perseverance and effort to get results, remember that if you don’t go one day, it should not feel like an obligation. Set yourself a goal and work towards it gradually by combining it with lots of other hobbies!
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