The time has come! Tomorrow is the day! 12th April has been a date long awaited by near enough everyone in England as a date in where some of the COVID-19 restrictions get relaxed. The big one for a lot of fitness fanatics out there is that the gyms are allowed to re-open again! I decided to write this post off the back of an Instagram post I published over on @hannahkayfitness in where I gave a few reminders for those people who might be knocking down the door to their gym the minute it re-opens again.
I will reiterate the reminder points made in the Instagram post above and also hand out a few tips in which I will be taking on board myself when I return.
Tip #1 – Plan your workout, make it fun, be it something you are excited to train and try not to go overboard just because it’s your first session back.
Tip #2 – Remember the basics; Technique, Form, Nutrition and Hydration are even more important than ever after having a break from training. Make sure you are being safe when training (not just ‘covid safe’).
Tip #3 – Gals especially; plan your outfit! Make sure you feel confident and empowered in what you are wearing as if you are feeling good pre-workout, chances are you’ll have an even better feeling post-workout.
Tip #4 – If you can, go in the ‘off-peak’ times, to save yourself potentially queuing and waiting around for machines and weights, it will undoubtedly be extremely busy and this leads to your excitement dropping.
Tip #5 – Try not to put too much pressure on yourself, yes it’s exciting but it’s also a big step and yet again another change in a very uncertain period of time. If you don’t feel up to going on that very first day back, don’t go. You don’t have to follow the heard but also if you do want to go, don’t try make it your best session ever (attempting wild PB’s and potentially being disappointed if you miss them), just enjoy being back in that environment!
I hope these tips and reminders will help those who are nervous or undecided about going back, also remember to check in with your gym before you set off to ensure they are 1. Open, 2. What they’re doing to follow procedures, 3. What facilities are available (nothing worse than turning up and potentially not being able to use the changing room or the shower etc).
And that’s it! Hope all of you who will be rushing back are excited and I hope those who are a little more reserved are feeling calmer about the change.
Wishing everyone the best!
Thanks for reading, As always,