Getting back into sport: Many people make this resolution at the beginning of the year, but then give up. And yet, sports activity is necessary for good health. To restart sustainably and enjoy the result, it is advisable to go smoothly.
Set achievable goals
To get back to the exercises smoothly, one of the tricks is to set up a schedule. The latter allows not only to mention sport, but also to motivate oneself. Not sure how to do this? Get help from one of the coaches at the Paris 16 gym.
Do not force or try to break records because it will put more strain on the muscles and tire you unnecessarily. Ideally, go gradually.
To limit the risk of injury or abandonment and test your resistance to efforts, start with 2 sessions of 15 to 20 minutes per week. You will lengthen the workouts as you evolve, favoring regularity over intensity.
Anyway, always stay tuned to your body: if you are exhausted, stop immediately and rest.
Warm up before and stretch after exercises
Do not skip warm-ups. In particular, they prepare the muscles and allow you to acclimatize to the efforts. They also increase body temperature, promote blood circulation, reduce the risk of injury and prevent body aches.
The coaches at the Paris 16 gym advise warming up for 15 to 20 minutes before training.
Combine fun and sport
Sport should be seen as fun and not a chore. Even if the first few weeks are difficult, the benefits will be felt over time.
The body produces hormones after 30 to 45 minutes of effort: dopamine and endorphin. These hormones have a direct impact on mood and fight anxiety and stress. They also induce a feeling of well-being and pleasure (sometimes euphoria).
It is therefore not surprising that sport is recommended for people suffering from depression.
Find partners who share the same passion
The practice of a sports activity with several is ideal to keep motivation, promote meetings and get rid of laziness. If you run with friends, for example, you will be more likely to go through with your efforts.
The Paris 16 gym organizes group sessions (ideal for those who want to train with family, friends or as a couple). It has a large number of specific and efficient devices and equipment, and offers special courses.
Coaches are also available to athletes. They guide them in the choice of exercises, support them, encourage them and provide them with advice.
Choose the right time
Practice preferably before meals (you can, for example, cycle to the office and then have breakfast). In the same vein, very intense sessions are to be avoided in the night.
As long as you follow all these tips, you will resume the sport safely and stay motivated in the long term. Also, don’t forget to ask yourself the right questions and opt for a healthy and balanced diet.