After the holidays, the final stretch of the year begins with new challenges and possible objectives to be met. If you are already back and with the batteries charged, take note of some tips so that the return to the gym after the summer does not involve any sacrifice.
Let’s not kid ourselves joining the daily routine and training sessions is a bit lazy, but the return has multiple positive aspects that you should stay with. Starting to exercise again will help you regain agility, strength, elasticity and will probably help you lose weight after the holidays.
In part, surely you want to start recovering your good physical shape, so, the important thing is to take that first step with enough motivation and following some basic guidelines to return to the gym after the summer.
How to start training after the holidays?
Leave laziness behind and start planning your return to the gym combining the most effective exercises, the necessary rest periods and the ideal diet so that you can start your training sessions satisfactorily. These tips to rejoin the gym after the summer break can come in handy.
- Find and boost your maximum motivation. Being motivated to return to training is essential so as not to get discouraged after the first sessions, which will probably be tougher than expected. Think about all the benefits that physical activity brings you and remember that obtaining them depends on you.
- Realistic goals. Set achievable goals: lose a couple of kilos, increase the number of repetitions of a certain exercise, gain endurance or speed in the race. Keep in mind that you need a minimum time to achieve them when you start in the gym and that achieving them will require effort. Forget “miracles”.
- Progressive intensity. It is essential to start your weekly workouts little by little. The body needs a period of adaptation and you must respect it. You can’t go back to the gym after the summer pretending to train at the same pace as before the holidays. Start with 2 – 3 weekly sessions maximum. Control time and effort and progressively increase the effort as your body is ready to do so.
- General tuning. It’s also not a good idea to try to beat your own records on the first day at the gym after the holidays. In the first sessions, train in a generalized way, combining aerobic exercise with strength(without weight). The goal is to work your joints and large muscle groups so that you gain strength, tone and elasticity.
- Don’t over train. It is a common mistake that you can make on your return to the gym. The desire to make up for “lost time” can cause you to train for an excessive amount of time without respecting the necessary rest periods. Training in this way will only cause you good stiffness, tiredness, fatigue or a fearsome injury that further delays your set-up.
- Balanced diet without obsessions. You do not have to do a restrictive diet, much less try a “miracle” designed to lose 3 kilos in a week. Simply reduce your intake of sugars and fats and eat varied, healthy and nutrient-rich menus. In addition, increase your water intake to have optimal hydration that helps you perform the sports activity that you resume.
- Try something new. It is a good idea to make your return to the gym after the holidays more fun and encourage you not to skip a workout. Have you never tried running on the treadmill? Does participating in a spinning class attract your attention? Do you know that the elastic band increases the resistance of many of the exercises, such as the opening of your arms or the strides that, surely, you do regularly? Well, returning to the gym after the summer is the perfect time to discover new options for get in shape.