Just as you were starting to get into the swing of things at the gym, BOOM, lockdown comes along and throws the ultimate spanner in the works. This pandemic has by no means been easy for any of us, physically, mentally and emotionally, with restrictions to daily exercise and gyms closing down. However, after months of isolating, gyms are finally starting to reopen. Many of us may have admittedly been sedentary during this pandemic, therefore, it is important to ease yourself slowly back into your fitness routine.
For some, you may feel nervous about the thought of returning to the gym, as it can be intimidating after being away for a while. We have 5 simple tips on how to rebuild your fitness after lockdown, helping you gain your confidence back and get you up to your optimum fitness level.
1. Avoid pushing yourself too hard
This has been a pandemic; it is not a race to see who can get back into shape the fastest. Slow and steady wins the race… and also prevents injuries!
Pace yourself. Start by setting small goals to keep you focused. For example, if you were previously running 10km every week, why not start by running 3km and see how your body feels. Setting smaller and achievable will keep you motivated.
Whether you are a first-time gym bunny or a long-time fitness fanatic, Auro have a variety of training plans for all fitness levels and abilities, starting with a beginner level plan may help build up your confidence to move onto the next levels. It is the little achievements that take you on your journey to your dream goal.
Workout classes range from 10 minutes all the way to 1 hour+, so if you are pushed for time one day or not feeling your best, you can squeeze in a smaller workout and slowly increase this as your fitness builds.
2. Do what feels right for you
If you feel like taking a rest day, do it! If you only want to do a 15 minute walk some days, that’s fine. Listen to your body and give yourself the time you need to relax and recover. Lockdown has been really hard on everyone, not just physically but mentally too. It is important to take some time out if you need to.
Rest days are just as important as exercise. We are always encouraged to stay active and workout every day, however it is so beneficial for your body to relax, as this allows muscle tissues to heal and grow. A sign that you may need a rest day includes sore muscles, fatigue and reduced performance. If any of this sounds familiar, take it easy for a day or two and let your body repair.
Auro provide a variety of meditations, from breath awareness to sleep classes. Each class is led by an expert meditation teacher, with years of experience in the art of mindfulness to help you unwind and relax your body and mind.
Don’t forget to stretch before AND after your workouts. Stretching eliminates lactic acid and relaxes your muscles after exercise. It allows the body to cool down and blood to circulate so that your muscles can recover and repair.
There are over 30 yoga and stretch classes available on the Auro app, ranging from just 5 minutes to half an hour. So, no matter how busy your schedule is, you can squeeze in that time to relax and help repair your muscles.
4. Find a friend to keep you motivated
After months of sheltering, it is understandable that we will all be feeling more tired than usual when trying to get back into our daily routines. Finding a workout partner to encourage you will help you both stay on track and motivated. Try and make workouts fun and part of your social life. For example, going for walks with your mates, doing yoga in the park or starting a workout plan together.
Research from Kansas State University found that people who worked out with someone who they thought was at a higher fitness level than themselves increased their workout time and intensity by 200%! So, grab your workout buddy this weekend for a killer gym session.
5. Feel good in your clothes
What you wear when you work out directly impacts your performance. When you feel your best, you perform your best. A great workout outfit can have a positive impact on your mood and motivation, resulting in boosting your workout performance.
Research suggests that when you change into new fitness gear, it is almost like you are getting into character, alike to putting on a costume for a performance. Consequently, you are mentally preparing yourself for a successful performance and are better prepared for the task at hand.
So, it is important to make sure that you are wearing a gym kit you feel great in when you work out. But, have you ever thought about where your gym wear comes from? By making a small decision such as where you are sourcing your gym wear from can have a huge impact on the climate and help keep our oceans clean.
OC Clothing source their gym wear from sustainable materials, so you not only look great, but you are making a difference to the planet too. What’s more, they donate 50% of all profits to ocean conservation charities. High quality sustainable gym wear that makes you look and feel great, as well as helping combat climate change – it’s a win-win!
Here at Auro, we want everybody to feel like the best version of themselves, and we will be right here with you every step of the way. These 5 tips can help build your confidence and get your fitness mojo back in no time.