How to Get Back Into Fitness After an Illness

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If you’ve been sick this winter, you may be raring to get back to the gym. But even a couple of weeks of being sick can leave you feeling fatigued, deconditioned and unfit. Follow these top tips to help ease you back into your fitness routine.

Start Slow

Once you’re feeling better, it can be tempting to jump straight back into your old fitness routine. But take it slow. Your body needs time to readjust to exercise. Start by doing less than you think you’re capable of (shorter, lower intensity workouts) and slowly build up to back where you were before.

Listen to Your Body

Post-viral fatigue is real and can be debilitating. Listen to your body and don’t overdo things. Be sure you have a normal resting heart-rate and aren’t feeling breathless or fatigued before you start exercising again.

Go Outside

One of the worst things about being sick is being stuck indoors for days on end. Don’t head straight back into the gym or studio and spend some time gently exercising outside. Even just going for a brisk walk is a great way to get the blood flowing and the heart pumping.

Nourish Your Body

Build your strength up with plenty of nourishing food. Broths, soups, lean protein, lots of fruits and veggies and hot tea are all fantastic foods to aid your recovery.