How to Exercise After a Long Break

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Sometimes life gets in the way, and before you know it, you haven’t been to the gym in 2 months. Work, family life, stress, and lack of sleep often occupy all of our time. If you want to start working out again, but don’t know where to start, here’s a few tips to get you back in the gym.

Start Slow

You won’t be able to go from zero to five days a week without burning out again. The best way to start is to do one or two short workouts a week and start adding more time each week. There was a reason you stopped going in the first place and you don’t want to go back to that place, especially if it was overtraining. You want to go back slowly and give your muscles a chance to recover after every workout.

Use Your Time Wisely

So many people go to the gym to say they have been to the gym, but don’t progress. If you want to make the most from your workouts, follow a plan that is designed for you and your goals. If you have time for two workouts per week, make them full body.

Warm Up

One of the main reasons people are put off from returning to exercise is the painful muscles after. If you have taken a long break, you will need to make sure to do a good 15-minute dynamic warm-up, with mobility exercises included. Don’t go into your first workout straight away—make sure that everything is warmed up before you start, and this will prevent the pain after.