Hooray! Gyms are finally back open.
It’s the news we’ve all been longing for, and we’re sure you can’t wait to get back to your usual training routine. But during the lockdown, many of us have seen our fitness habits change dramatically – resorting to home workouts in the front room, weight training in the garage and runs around the streets, as opposed to the treadmill.
Things might be a little different from when you were last in the gym – both in terms of your physical fitness levels and the gym itself. For example, since reopening, many facilities have introduced contactless entry, extensive and frequent cleaning, self-cleaning stations, hand sanitising stations, etc.
Here we share a few top tips for easing your way back into training as gyms reopen:
Maintain social distancing – most gyms have been rearranged and clearly marked out for you to use safely. Equipment has been spread out to ensure there is a safe 2-metre gap between you and other members and you will be expected to clean it before and after you’ve used it.
The number of people in the gym will also be controlled to ensure it doesn’t get too busy, so it’s a good idea to plan your session (ideally, avoiding peak times). And always have a backup plan in case someone else is using the equipment you wanted – you can always come back to it once it’s free.
Always warm up before you begin a session – the warm-up is often overlooked and forgotten about but, taking the time to stretch, loosen your joints and get the blood pumping to your muscles, will prevent injuries.
Regardless of whether you’re training arms, legs, chest or core, be sure to dedicate time to a warm-up – especially when returning to the gym after months of home workouts. And don’t go too hard too soon. You need to walk before you can run, so ease yourself in gently and always make time for a cooldown!
Get a good night’s sleep – whilst the amount of sleep needed can vary from person to person – depending on lifestyle, diet, training schedule and genetics – it’s advised that adults get between 7-9 hours every night.
Whether you’ve been working hard throughout the lockdown or you’ve taken a step back from training, gym workouts are going to be challenging. That’s why making sure your body is getting the rest and recovery it needs is vital.
Don’t forget your padlock – ok, so after months of training at home, it’s worth checking that you have all the essentials packed in your gym bag ready. This includes a towel, spare change of clothes, bottle of water/sports drink, snacks, resistance band etc.
Another thing worth remembering to pick up before you leave for the gym is your padlock (and key if it has one). Without this, you won’t be able to lock your possessions away and relax knowing that they are secure.
If you don’t have a padlock, or you’d like to upgrade to a new one, be sure to visit LockShop Direct. They provide an extensive range of high-security padlocks at unbeatable prices. And if you order before 5.00pm, you can receive it the next day.
So, whether you’re planning to return to the gym as soon as possible, or are waiting a little longer, be sure to bear these tips in mind. And most importantly, listen to your body. The first few weeks back at the gym are bound to be tough – but there is no shame in lowering your weights or cutting down on the reps until your fitness levels increase.