Barely had 2020 begun before all the new year’s health and fitness resolutions were halted with gyms closing and everyone working from home. As a result, a lot of incidental exercise became non-existent.
With gyms now open , and people flocking back to get their fitness goals back on track for 2020 here are some more tips to help you get back into a great training routine.
- Setting Goals – To achieve your health and fitness goals post COVID the process is no different from any other time of the year. Your Goals should follow the SMART formula
- SPECIFIC: Choose what you want to achieve by the end of your fitness journey eg. Be able to run 3km
- MEASURABLE: Make sure you are able to measure little markers along the way if the goal is to run 3km start by measuring the distance you are comfortably able to run and try and beat that by a few 100m the next time you run.
- ACHIEVABLE: Make sure this goal is realistic for you to achieve if you are not a runner try not to set a goal as a marathon and get discouraged when you are unable to achieve this. Set smaller achievable goals that may get you there in time.
- REALISTIC/RELEVANT: Make your goal something you enjoy this will make you more likely to work towards your end goal.
- TIMELY: Establish a timeline, goals with no end date can be hard to achieve. Give yourself a timeframe to achieve your goal for example 3 months and then you can measure your progress over this time.
- Have someone to keep you accountable – Having a friend, partner, or exercise physiologist with you to help set these goals and keep you on track can set you up for success. Besides having someone along with you to share the fitness journey, having someone else with you through the process in particular an exercise physiologist can help with setting realistic goals and help push you along when you need a little extra motivation.
- Keep up the incidental activity – On the days that you are not in the gym completing your training routine, keep your body moving by increasing your incidental activities. If you are back in the office this may be parking a little further away to walk into work, using the stairs instead of the lift or taking a short walk on your lunch break. Keeping active even on your days off helps increase your fitness levels and helps manage delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS.
- Make sure you are having FUN!
Getting back into your fitness routine should not be hard or feel like a chore. Exercise is great for your mental health! if you are having fun while you are getting fit you will feel better throughout all other aspects of your life.
Claire Hills ( B.EXSpSc,Grad.Dip.(Clin.Ex.Phys))
Senior Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) (ESSAM)