Restarting Your Fitness Routine

Man on Rowing Machine
Man on Rowing Machine

For some of you, it’s likely to have been a while since you last stepped into a gym. It might have even been a considerable amount of time since you last worked out at all. That’s totally understandable and we don’t want you to put any extra pressure on yourself now that our gym doors are open again and we’re welcoming you back safely. 

The most important thing right now is to regain focus and to ease yourself back into a fitness routine. Be kind to yourself in the coming days, weeks and months. Remind yourself of all that’s been going on in the environment around you. Even if you’re in a huge rush to get back in the gym and restore your muscles or drop your weight, you need to protect your health as much as possible whilst you’re with us at Xercise4Less – both physically and mentally.  

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Protecting Your Health

Now is the time to adapt to your new normal and establish a new routine that suits your current fitness level and your lifestyle. Before our gym closures, you may have been visiting the gym before work or after finishing lectures at university and that could have all changed now. Use these next few days, weeks and/or months to figure out how your new routine will work for you and, how it will allow you to make amazing progress on your fitness journey.  

Try not to think too much about ‘picking up where you left off’ and instead, focus on how you’re feeling right now. If you push yourself too hard or ask your body to do something unnatural, this could relate in an injury or severe pain which in turn can have a serious impact on your mental health.  

Focusing on Mindfulness  

For the time being, we encourage you to make mindful fitness your main objective. This means that you have set reasons for why you’re heading to the gym and outlining what your overall goal is whilst enjoying yourself at the same time. Mindful fitness doesn’t mean that you’re doing this slowly, it just means that you’re taking things at your pace and figuring out your routine and how you’re going to get to your overall targets and goals. Try to pay less mind to the changes on your fitness journey and instead switch that focus to your original goals set out of the start of this month or even this year as this will help you keep pushing yourself and help you remain motivated.  

Even if it does end up taking you slightly more time than you originally set out, your goals are very much still within reach and a healthier and happier version of you is still within sight. Why not use these next few weeks to perfect your form or to take more time for a warmup and cool down stretch pre/post workout? All of this will place you in a better position in terms of your goals but to get your fitness routine back to something that you’d like it to look like.  

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Returning to the Gym Safely 

For us, the most important thing right now is being back in the gym. Staying active with home workouts over the last few months was great but nothing beats a gym workout. It’s amazing for your body due to the variety available to you with each session and it helps to release endorphins and promote positive mental health. It’s not just the exercise but seeing friendly and familiar faces throughout your workout at Xercise4Less encourages you to feel part of the community. 

Exercise at Home for Your Mental Health

Woman Stretching on Yoga Mat
Woman Stretching on Yoga Mat

Exercise is Essential for Your Mental Health

Before we had to close our gyms under Government instruction, you may have been visiting the gym on a regular basis to help you move closer your fitness goals. Whilst you were doing this, it had a very positive impact on your mental health without you even realising it. Regular exercise works wonders for your wellbeing and mental strength. Now that our gyms are temporarily closed, try to remain focused on your fitness and include regular exercise into your daily routine to help you get feel happier and healthier.

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Establishing an Exercise Routine At Home

Self-isolation can be hard but something that will help you get through is establishing a daily or weekly routine. If you usually head to the gym first thing in a morning, still wake up early and do what you can from home. Similarly, if you’re a night owl, get that workout in just before winding down for the evening.

Something as simple as this can work wonders for your mental health because you’re still doing something productive regularly whether you workout for 15 minutes or an hour. Once your workout is over, endorphins will start flowing around your body and you’ll feel much more positive and uplifted. At times, especially when you feel stuck at home, it can be difficult to motivate yourself but remind yourself how good you’ll feel afterwards to give yourself the extra boost that you need.

Whilst you’re unable to use our equipment and facilities, don’t let that you push you backwards and reverse any progress and hard work. Try not to get too caught up in what you should be or could be doing, instead, make the most of the extra time you’ve got at home now. This could be doing a circuit workout in your living room, an upper body routine in your garden or going outside for a run for your one form of outdoor daily exercise. Every bit of exercise you’re doing at home will positively impact your mental health.

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How Exercise Can Help Your Mental Health

Throughout the Coronavirus crisis, you may experience some high days and some low days but one thing that you can do every day to make you feel better is moving your body. As soon as you start exercising, you’ll stop worrying about the negatives and will start to boost your overall mood as you focus on your next movement or getting through the workout. You’ll start to boost your mental strength as well as your physical strength so that the next time you do experience low mood or you’re lacking motivation, you’ll know to turn to exercise to make yourself feel better.

Try not to worry about what others are doing around you; you know yourself and your abilities so focus on that and follow exercise routines that will help you feel healthy and happy. Including regular exercise in your daily routine will help you relieve stress, improve your sleep and prevent the flow of worries and negative thoughts.

Exercise at Home to Suit You and Your Goals

Do you remember why you joined our gyms in the first place? Whether that was to help you lose weight, build up strength and muscle, tone and condition or have a positive impact on your mental health, you can still do that at home whilst our gyms are temporarily closed.

You’re not going to cancel out any of that hard work if you continue to exercise at home whether it’s low or high intensity. We understand how important your fitness journey is to you and that’s why we’ve created a wide range of @Home Workouts for different fitness abilities and fitness goals so that everyone can focus on their physical and mental health at home.

Use this time to try something new a try like Stretch or Balance or continue to follow your typical gym routine with Push, Pull and Full Body. Continue to exercise, establish a positive routine, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you when we re-open.