Exercise is important, we all know that, especially for our physical and mental health. Returning to exercise after an illness is often a very tough battle, particularly after the current Coronavirus outbreak.
You might feel as if you are starting from scratch but your fitness will return quickly once you feel better. Follow these steps to help you get back to activity safely:
1. Make sure you have recovered completely
Check with your doctor.
2. Take it slowly
Use your common sense and be sensible. Begin with just a short walk. See how you feel and build up gradually from there. Chat with you Biokineticist to advise the right intensity and progression.
3. Listen to your body – always
If you start feeling unwell again or you feel completely wiped out by the activity you did, then just move back a step, rest and try again with something a bit lighter and easier. Again follow the advise of your Biokineticist.
4. Rest and recover – is so important
After recovering from the illness, you need to view your body as a beginner to exercise. Rest and recovery is super important here. Your body has been busy healing itself from illness and when you then add exercise to the mix it’s a good idea to allow a little extra sleep and rest for your body to restore and repair itself.
5. Stay positive
Get your mindset right. Pace yourself and take things slowly. Progress is more important than perfection. Know that you will get get there it will just take some time and dedication. It may feel like your taking 2 steps forward and 3 steps back at first but you will be surprised at how quickly you will regain your fitness. Remember that being active will help to keep your immune system in good shape to fight off future infections.
6. Just move and have fun
So important to enjoy the movement your taking part in, don’t force workouts – do things you enjoy . Make physical activity fun and it will never feel like a chore.
”Some ideas: dancing, tennis, hiking, trail running, ball games on the beach, walking with a friend, mountain climbing, horse riding, yoga, pilates, group classes, family group classes.”
Yours in health and fitness