Winter break is a great opportunity to catch up with family and friends, and enjoy different festivities like thanksgiving and Christmas. It is also a time to relax and hibernate, which means that working out and healthy eating habits may be compromised. Either you maintain your healthy fitness regimen during winter or else you lose progress. But the good news is you can slip back into your healthy routine and back in shape with a little determination and helpful tricks up your sleeve. So let’s get started.
Don’t jump in and overdo it
Yes, you’ve missed out, but don’t try compensating for it all in one shot as it will only make you feel defeated. Understand that you may not be as fit as before, and that’s totally fine. Start with 10 minutes of exercise each day, and aim to move forward every day. Going hardcore will only cause injuries, and adversely affect your body. The best way to go about it is to start with low-intensity workouts which will help adjust your body to the frequency of the workout, its duration, and intensity.
Start with what really works for you
Initially, you don’t have to commit to an hour long workout session; start with an exercise or two that you enjoy doing or those that have previously worked out well for you. Focus on those exercises for three to four times a week and let your body slowly re-acclimatize to the regimen. Aim to increase the frequency of the exercises as you get used to the overall regimen.
Remember to rest
The body needs time to recover, and recovery is important for being active. When you take a break, your body doesn’t. It actually works hard to replenish and repair itself after all the work you put it through. Breaks are important for long-term health and well-being.
Don’t forget to do a warm-up prior to exercising
A good warm-up prepares your body for the exercise, and a good cool-down helps your rate to return to normal. Muscles that haven’t adapted to rigorous exercises will get more stressed and you will experience muscle fatigue and soreness. When you allow your body to properly cool, you are actually reducing some of this soreness.
Follow a regular fitness routine
One of the best ways to avoid possible injuries is to bring your body back in the habit of regular workout. Whether it is 5 minutes or an hour, a routine will enable your body to produce the best results.
Listen to your body
Breaking a sweat and burning fat can bring an indescribable feeling, but you need to read the signs your body gives you. Know the difference between bittersweet muscle pain and excruciating pain. If a particular exercise hurts a lot or if your body begins to feel weird as a result, stop doing it immediately. There’s a thin wall between a good exercise session and muscle discomfort, and pain is the best indicator of the latter.
Be persistent but also sensible about the whole transition and your body will thank you for it.