How To Return To Working Out After a Break
Falling off the wagon with your home workout routine? The good news is that taking a break from exercise every once in a while is actually good for you! It allows your body time to recover and gives you more energy to workout in the long run.
On the other hand, taking too much time off can impede your overall fitness progress, possibly discouraging you from getting back to it. So, how long of a break is too long and what can you do about it?
What happens when you stop working out?
A break from exercise affects the body differently depending on the type. For example, it takes less time to lose your cardio endurance than to lose muscle mass. After just a few days, you may begin to notice a decrease in your running performance for example. While on the other hand, you won’t notice any significant loss in muscle until after about a 3-4 week break from strength training.
Luckily, maintaining a minimum level of activity in your daily life can prevent a considerable drop in your fitness while staying at home! Try these simple tips to stay fit without leaving the house.
Tip #1: Get started
An obvious place to begin, but always the hardest part! Getting up and moving your body truly is the best remedy for feeling sluggish.
Spend 10 minutes rocking out to your favourite songs in your bedroom, or try a quick 7 minute workout to get your blood flowing. After a period of inactivity, moving your body can boost your mood and help you feel like yourself again.
Tip #2: Don't neglect your warm-up
Warming up is an essential part of your workout routine, especially when your muscles aren't used to working out. It prepares your muscles, reduces the risk of injury and helps you get into the right mindset for exercise.
Tip #3: Short HIIT bodyweight workouts
No energy for the gym? You can develop and maintain your fitness right from your living room. In fact, doing a 7 to 10 minute high-intensity workout with bodyweight training each day can give you about 80% of the benefits of working out everyday.
Seven offers tons of high intensity bodyweight workouts for all fitness levels that you can do anytime, no equipment needed. Just pick a focus area or your main workout goal and find a workout that’s perfect for you.
Most importantly, don't beat yourself up if you let your fitness routine slip! Ups and downs are a natural part of any fitness journey, but Seven has your back so you can dust yourself off and get back in the game.