Adjusting to life at home and recovering from big holiday dinners is tough. Getting back into a fitness routine is difficult when most people are used to having a gym at their disposal. Here are some ways to help build a consistent routine and to work on the goal to stay happy and healthy:
- 2 weeks is key - An important thing to keep in mind is that it takes at least 2 weeks to build a habit. It is crucial for people who want to workout consistently, you don't have to workout everyday but it’s important to be consistent with whatever healthy habit you try to build.
- Know the important components of a workout - Every workout has 5 important parts to it, the warmup, the cardiovascular (aerobic) workout, resistance (strength-building) exercises, flexibility exercises, and a cool down. These components are easily overlooked because most people focus on only having the most movement or getting the most reps. However, it is important to ensure you have each one of these aspects when working out in order to avoid any possible injuries.
- Timing - For beginners of people getting back into the groove of working out, it is recommended to aim for 20-30 minutes of exercise three times a week with 10-15 reps per exercise (3 sets of these reps). The amount of exercise that is done per week and per day is essential to making sure you are not overdoing it. It is also key to preventing injuries. Be sure to also listen to your body and understand when you need an extra day of rest or less reps.
- Details - A great motivator for exercise is to have models of the right form to have for each move as well as a schedule for the week or month. It is also crucial to have a set goal, this helps visualize where you want to be and track progress.
Each of these aspects are crucial to beginners and people getting back into their workout groove. These tips come from WebMD. It is important to prioritize your physical health and listen to your body when it needs rest. Finally and most importantly, it is crucial to remember to never compare ourselves to others and to work on becoming healthier! Here’s to making fitness fun!