Are you eager to return to the gym? So are we!
This is your guide to getting back into the gym post lock down from a physiotherapist’s perspective.
It’s not a sprint, take things slowly. You have had a few weeks off and the body systems are not going to be in the same form as the were before we entered lockdown. Take your first session or two slowly.
You are not as strong as you were. Try not to lift the same weights as before. Muscle atrophy is when you lose muscle mass from inactivity. There is a compelling argument to say you may not have the same ability to lift weights as you once did. Be wise, build up wisely!
Take a break. First session back, be sure to have a minute or 2 between each set. Let that muscle memory slowly kick in, catch your breath, review your technique.
Recover! After your gym session warm down adequately. The days after your first few sessions you will probably be sore. Eat well, keep hydrated, go for a light walk to loosen up and get some sleep.
If you are unsure, ask. We live in a world where it is OK to ask for help. This means if you would like to check your technique, exercise program, recovery plan or a niggle, I highly recommend asking. We are experts in injury management and exercise prescription. There are trainers in the gym eager to reengage. Ask away!
Remember, the gym is an outlet for so many reasons. A place to get fit, a place to help with mental space, a quiet place away from the rest of the world. Don’t over do it on your first few sessions. If you need help or would like to ask any questions, then come in and see one of our highly experienced Physiotherapists here at Bend + Mend. We offer fact-to-face as well as Telehealth appointments.