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So you’ve had a little break from exercise and when you say a little break you mean a good 6 months.
It’s all cool, let’s just get you up and moving and get those results flowing so your motivation stays where it needs to be: High!
Here’s a few tricks I personally use with clients and even myself (when injury strikes me down)
- Start out with an aim for 3-4 days of physical activity, do things you love. You need to get back into a routine that you can maintain, not avoid because it’s either too intense or outright boring.
- Workout without any weighs, just use your own body weight
This is fun workout you can do anywhere, try each for 30 seconds and rest as needed. Aim for a 20 minute (total time) workout
- You don’t have to go straight into the “full” version of exercises, eg: push ups and mountain climbers. These are both effective exercises for core and upper body but they do require some base level strength. Use a table or chair to perform at this more beginner level. Aim for 10 reps, anywhere from 1-4 sets.
- It may benefit you to keep an exercise dairy along with a food diary. This way you can monitor your exercise output and food intake. It doesn’t need to be long term but jotting down a few weeks gives you an idea of where it is you are at and how you can improve from there. It’s also an good idea from an injury perspective as it will allow you to see if any particular “exercise move” aggravates you or improves you.
- Recovery time is key! Make friends with the foam roller. Here’s my How-To guide