The COVID-19 outbreak has had a significant effect on our lives. From our work lives to education, to our social lives and leisure time, it has impacted almost every element of our daily routine.
Fitness is one thing that has been particularly hit hard. Gyms have been closed, fitness classes cancelled and all major sporting events have been postponed. When our normal ways of keeping fit are no longer available, it can be really easy to let standards slip and let your mojo go.
Keeping on top of your fitness, however, is important. It can be beneficial to not only our physical health but our mental health as well, which is essential in such a challenging time. Here, we are going to look at some of the things you can do to get yourself back to your usual self after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Set some goals
Goals are important in every part of our life, but particularly so when it comes to our fitness. Whether it is a big event such as a marathon or something much smaller such as managing a 5km run, having something to work towards can be really helpful.
Don’t rush it
Even a break of a few weeks can have a significant effect on your fitness levels, so when you get back into it, it is important to take it easy and not push yourself too hard. The last thing that you want to do is injure yourself and end up back out of the game for even longer.
Find something new to do
Sometimes, all that is needed to get us motivated again is to switch our routines up a little or find something a little different to do. Perhaps look at joining Team McLean Fitness Club, or finding a new class to go to. A change of scenery can do wonders for our motivation.
Get an accountability buddy
Find someone who has similar targets and goals to you, and buddy up. It is easy to turn over in bed and say ‘not today’ when you are doing it on your own, but when you have someone waiting to go for that run with you or hit the gym with you, you are much more likely to get out of bed and do it. You can rally each other when you are finding it hard and celebrate together when you achieve your goals.
Eat and drink properly
Your body won’t do what you want it to do if you are not fuelling it with the right things. Make sure you are eating a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. Lay off the alcohol and caffeine and instead, aim to drink a minimum of eight glasses of water or two-litres a day to remain hydrated.
Getting back into your fitness routine is important to maintain good health, but it can also be difficult. Take it slow, fuel your body and partner up with someone with similar goals and you will find it a little easier to get back to.