Whether you’ve altered your fitness routine and turned to running, cycling or walking to keep fit during the pandemic, or you’re looking to make a commitment to yourself and kickstart a new routine, we can’t wait to welcome you to our gyms.
To help ease you back into a comfortable and effective workout routine, we’ve compiled a list of simple hints and tips to bear in mind as you return or get started in the gym:
Give yourself enough time
After time away from the gym, it’s important to give yourself enough time to safely work out.
With this in mind, it could be a good idea to allow plenty of time to familiarise yourself with the gym setup. If you’re unsure about anything or need any advice, our friendly team will be available on the gym floor to help you feel comfortable with our equipment.
Make sure you stretch and warm up correctly
Even if you’ve been diligently working out at home, putting in the miles or easing back into playing organised sport, it’s likely that when returning to the gym, you’ll be using muscles that you’ve not used for a while.
This makes warming up and stretching vitally important to help you steer clear of injury. If you’re planning on having a weights session, consider warming up with body weight exercises to ready your muscles for the stress of lifting weights. If it’s an intense cardio session you’ve been looking forward to, then allow yourself time to go through a range of stretches, including dynamic stretches, to ensure your muscles are ready for action.
Take it easy – don’t push yourself too hard
Once you’re in your training kit and in the gym again, it can be easy to go too hard too soon.
With weight training in particular, it’s a good idea to ease yourself gently back in. Trying to work out at the same intensity and frequency as before could result in soreness or injury. Whether you’re new to the gym or looking to get back towards a previous level, starting with lower weights and a lighter schedule will give your body chance to get used to the load you’re placing on it.
Make time for rest and recovery
It might be tempting to rush back to the gym and to work out every single day if you’re keen to hit the ground running with fresh impetus. But this could be detrimental to your body, so make time for rest periods to allow your body to recover from the stress of each session.
It’s also important to get enough sleep to give your body the best possible chance of recovering from any soreness or tiredness you may be feeling.
When trying to develop a routine of going to the gym and embarking on a new fitness journey, being organised and bringing the correct clothing and equipment can give you a clear mind to get the most from each session.
Remember to bring a water bottle, wear comfortable, lightweight clothing and ensure you wear trainers that fit well and give you the necessary level of support. Treating yourself to some new sportswear or a shiny new pair of trainers can give you an extra bit of motivation or confidence to stick to your plan and reach your goals.
And finally, just enjoy it!
Try not to worry too much about your fitness level, your goals and targets for the first few times you head to the gym. Forget about the pressure of end goals or reaching a level you were capable of before.
Instead, focus on getting into the groove of using the correct technique, and simply enjoying being in the gym, working out alongside fellow members with state-of-the-art equipment. You’ll feel good and enjoy the positive endorphins a great workout can provide you with.
Enjoy listening to music when your work out? Check out our ‘Back to the gym’ playlist.