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Getting Back to the Gym After a Break

When it comes to exercise, working out and going to the gym, routine is key. When you go the same days every week, at times you know you are free and can give it your all, you get into a rhythm. You miss it if for some reason you can’t go but love it when you do. It makes you feel better, boosts your mood, and it’s something that you look forward to. Then, something happens. You take some time off for a holiday or because of an injury. The longer this break is, the harder it is to get back to your rhythm. You start making excuses not to go to the gym and find yourself putting it off. This can affect your physical and mental health, your mood, your confidence and your weight. So, let’s take a look at how to get back to your usual fitness routine after a break, and more importantly how to fall in love with it again. 
Look After Yourself
If you’ve taken some time off because of an injury, or just find that you are stiff and tired after your break, it’s essential that you take care of yourself to prevent further injuries. Get a Sports Massage, watch your diet and make sure you wear any strapping or supports that you might need. If you are worried or had a serious injury, see your doctor for advice before you even try to get back to it. 
Take it Slow
Don’t make the mistake of assuming that you’ll be able to hit the machines and weights like nothing has happened. Even after a relatively short time off, you could have lost some fitness and muscle mass. Take things slowly. Drop some weight, reduce your reps, turn the speed down and do less. There’s nothing wrong with starting off with a gentle walk on the treadmill and building up from there, as long as it gets you there. 
Do Something You Enjoy

We all have favourite things at the gym. Some of us prefer swimming or fitness classes, others love lifting weights, and some enjoy cardio much more. We also have things that we can’t stand, and either avoid entirely or only do when we need to, to complete our workout. 
When you are just getting back into things, and you are struggling to hit the gym without making excuses, it’s a good idea to start with the things that you enjoy. Don’t worry about missing parts of your workout, just feel good that you’ve done more than you would if you hadn’t been at all. 
Set Attainable Targets
Targets are always a great way to push yourself. But, when you are just getting back to it, especially after an injury, it’s important to be realistic. Set your targets too high, you won’t meet them, and you’ll be disappointed. This can cause a huge setback. Instead, lower your expectations and set yourself goals that you’ll be able to meet. Reward yourself when you hit them.

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