Getting Back into a Routine: Exercising Post-COVID

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Start a Weekly Exercise Routine

Whether you stopped exercising because your gym was closed during COVID, or you’re recovering from your bout with the virus, you might be itching to get back to your exercise routine. During quarantine, at-home workouts were about the only thing you could do to get your heart pumping, but now it’s time to get back to the gym.

At Green Gone Detox, we want you to re-enter your gym in a safe, healthy way that won’t result in fatigue or injuries. Learn more about restarting a weekly exercise routine or creating a new exercise routine to get back in shape!

Easing Back In

Getting back to your former fitness level can be a slow and frustrating process. Don’t get too frustrated and push too hard. You may end up doing yourself more harm, resulting in even more time recovering on the bench.

Listening to your Body

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Your body can tell you exactly how much it can handle as you get back to your weekly exercise routine. If you’re experiencing any heart palpitations or chest pain, you know that you should stop immediately and get in touch with your medical provider. But what about the more subtle signs of fatigue? Overtraining may exhibit itself in unique and unusual ways, including:

  • Decrease in Performance
  • Increased Effort for the Same Activity
  • Excessive Fatigue
  • Agitation or Moodiness
  • Lack of Restful Sleep
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Frequent Injuries

Keep an eye out for these red flags and focus on creating an exercise routine your body can handle.

Go Easy

In the past, you might have attempted to power through tough moments in your workout, but this isn’t a good strategy for anyone getting back into exercise. You need a gradual progression that allows your body the time it needs to build up to an intensity it can handle. Start slower than you think you need to, and gently increase the strain of your exercise routine before getting back to HIIT training or CrossFit.

Patience is Key

Even if you were running marathons and completing Iron Mans before COVID, you’ll discover that your body has changed during your time in quarantine. Make sure you’re extra cautious as you return to a weekly exercise routine. Give your body the time it needs to rest and recover between workouts.

Working Out Isn’t Enough

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Getting back to your weekly exercise routine isn’t enough to build up your body’s former strength. You need to support your workouts with a healthy diet and plenty of hydration. Supplement your lifestyle with an increase in essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to make up for anything lost during your time in the gym. From protein shakes to snack bars, you may need to revamp your entire lifestyle post-quarantine!

Ready to get back to it? Remember our advice and keep getting stronger with gradual increases in activity!

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