Move from comfort mode into progressive mode
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Have you spent the last 4 months ‘getting through’ lockdown?
Some have made do with what they have at their disposal to keep fit during lockdown, whilst others have stopped their pre lockdown exercise and eating routines and slipped into ‘comfort mode’.
It is entirely normal to step back into comfort mode when a situation becomes unpredictable, challenging or risky. Comfort mode is a psychological, emotional, and behavioural shift to what is familiar and makes us feel safe.
Now, this may have manifested itself in a way in which you have overindulged in food, or stopped exercising completely. And now you find that you have put weight on, feel unfit and have stiff and achy joints or muscles from the reduced movement over the months.
Let us get this straight, there has been no right or wrong way to deal with lockdown. This is very individual to you and your specific situation.
However, as gyms begin to reopen this weekend, it’s important to start to think about breaking out of comfort mode and putting more effort into your health and fitness, as there is bound to be a time when comfortable becomes uncomfortable.
Here are a few ways in which you can move carefully from comfort mode into progressive mode, when it comes to your health and fitness routine:
- The first step is always the hardest. Don’t put off going back to the gym. There are many people in the same boat as you, who are feeling equally as daunted.
- Start back at the gym gradually. Don’t go straight back to training 5 times a week, if that was your pre lockdown routine. Start with committing to 2 or 3 days and take each day as it comes.
- Don’t go too hard. Ease yourself back into your workouts by reducing the volume and weights that you were lifting pre lockdown
- Listen to your body. If you have done no exercise for over 3 months, the chances are that you will need to be extra careful and patient with yourself, or you could increase the risk of causing yourself an injury.
- Keep at it. Don’t get frustrated if your strength has decreased or you can’t train at the same intensity. With time and consistency, it will come.
- Don’t skip the warm-ups and recovery. These will be even more important as you get back into a training routine.
- Hire a professional. Working with a personal trainer, especially during the first weeks or months of gyms reopening, will be beneficial in helping you get back on track safely and with a plan of action in place.
You can't put a price tag on your physical and mental health, so take the step out of comfort mode and get yourself back into progressive mode.
We are currently taking appointments for personal training consultations at M10 this week. Get in touch if you would like to take control of your health and fitness as soon as M10 gym opens this weekend.