IS YOUR BODY READY TO GET BACK TO THE GYM?
As gyms start to re-open following coronavirus restrictions, many Aussies are keen to finally get back into their regular workouts. Others might be thinking of kicking off a new gym routine after the almost 3-month lockdown period. Either way, chances are there’s going to be an influx of people hitting the gym with renewed excitement (think back to all those New Year’s resolutioners in that first week of January!).
But there’s a few things to consider before you rush back into your favourite club…
IS YOUR BODY READY TO GO BACK?
If you haven’t done any exercise for the last three months, the chances are that you’ll need a review of where your current exercise capacity is at. Even if you have completed some at-home workouts, your body may not spring back as you might expect once you step foot back in the gym.
Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) wants to remind those heading back to their usual workouts of the importance of starting slow and getting the right advice before jumping back into their gym routine.
“Whilst protecting ourselves and other people from the COVID-19 virus is important at the gym, we also need to make sure that we are exercising right for our current health and physical fitness because, for some, this may have changed significantly over the lockdown period,” says Anita Hobson-Powell, ESSA Chief Executive Officer.
“Although we are happy to see gyms slowly re-open across the country, by returning to a new or existing workout program too hard or too fast without a review of your current physical fitness status, some individuals may be placing their body at increased risk of serious injury which could be easily prevented with the right advice.”