Life After Lockdown: A Return to Training Survival Guide

Let’s face it, the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown everybody’s lives off-track in a huge number of ways. For some, they have found themselves with a little more time to exercise and focus on their wellbeing which is fantastic, while others have faced additional stress, perhaps finding themselves trying to juggle adapting their jobs to work from home whilst also trying to be a teacher or simply finding the entire situation a little overwhelming and consequently focusing less on exercise and their diet. With banana bread becoming the unofficial foodstuff of lockdown 2020, those who are coming out the other side a little ‘cuddlier’ are certainly not in the minority.

So, what now? With the promise of the reopening of gyms on the horizon, many of you will be looking forward to making up for lost time and getting back on track. If your training has taken a back seat since the gyms closed, here are a few tips to help you get back in the saddle…

1. Start steady. If you’ve had months of reduced activity (particularly if your working circumstances have meant you’ve been moving around less too) then it’s important to remember that the version of you that is walking back into the gym for the first time is not the same person who left the gym last time you were there. Ease yourself back in with sessions that are lower intensity or shorter duration, add a little more mobility work while you build up steadily and you’ll be back to your old self before you know it!

2. Review your goals. You may have had set goals in mind earlier in the year – perhaps a holiday, a race or event that you were training for – and it’s entirely possible that these might have to be adjusted now. Take time now to have a good think about your short, medium and long-term goals so that you can get back to training with a sense of purpose.

3. Don’t panic! No matter how unfit or out of shape you might feel right now, it’s important to remember that the situation is temporary and with a sensible, structured plan you’re going to be fine. Be kind to yourself, don’t beat yourself up if your first session back feels tough and listen to your body.

If you’d like a little guidance on how to get back to training after some time off, get in touch – I’d be happy to help!