GETTING BACK INTO TRAINING AFTER HOLIDAYS

With the holiday period over, it is time to return to everyday routine, which often includes return to exercise after a short (or longer) period of rest. To decrease the risk of injury and ensure a safe and enjoyable return to training after holidays, consider the tips below!

 

START SLOW

Take the time to figure out where your body is now and listen to what it tells you. If an exercise you had previously performed currently feels too strenuous, take it to a level where you are comfortable. Gradually build activity every 1-2weeks based on the length of your period of rest.

 

DON’T COMPARE TO WHAT YOU COULD DO AND FOCUS ON YOURSELF

With a break in activity, expect to see some effects of detraining. This may mean you can’t run quite as fast or long, or you are unable to lift quite as heavy as you used to. Don’t compare yourself to what you could do 1, 3 or 6 months ago, and focus on what is comfortable now. Extend this to others; don’t worry about what your training partner is doing, focus on where you’re at!

REST AND RECOVERY

After a break in activity, it is normal to have some muscle soreness the following day. At the beginning, ensure you have a rest day between heavier training days. However, it can also be beneficial to remain lightly active on these rest days, such as going for a leisurely walk.

 

If you are unsure or need help with return to training after holidays, make an appointment with your Symmetry Physiotherapist.

 

Check out more great articles