With the gyms in the UK having been closed for almost 4 months, the time that we have all been eagerly awaiting is around the corner! Indoor gyms are hopefully about to reopen. Before I get into my 3 tips I am going to point out the importance of not rushing into it and gradually building up to where you left off before lockdown. Not only will you have more than likely lost a bit of strength and conditioning but it is also very important that you ease back into it to avoid injury. That being said, here are my 3 tips to rebuilding your physique:
Identify your goals:
It’s very important that the first thing you do is identify what your goals are and what you want to achieve. Without a clear vision of what you want to achieve, you are going to find it extremely tough to remain motivated. No one wants to go through life aimlessly, wasting their precious time. What helps me is, writing down my short-term, medium-term and long-term goals. By doing this, I can refer to them every morning when I wake up. This motivates me to make the most of the day ahead and remain focused.
Have a plan of action:
Now that you have identified your goals, you need to have a well thought out plan that is going to help you achieve them in the most effective and efficient way. It’s important to have a good idea about what food you are putting into your body! Your breakdown of macros that build up your daily food intake will vary from person to person, depending on your specific goals, your age, height, weight and the amount of activity that you are doing. It’s important to also have a training plan tailored to you, that you follow every day. Without this direction, you may find yourself getting bored or frustrated as you won’t be achieving the results you want as quickly as you want.
It’s extremely important to have this in place. Whether it’s your partner, gym partner, friend or a Coach, it’s crucial to have someone in your corner that you can report to and show them your progress, even if it’s done once a week or once every 2 weeks. Having accountability will help you remain focused on achieving your goals. My advice would be not to go only by what the scales say, but maybe take photos once a week. This way you will be able to place the photos next to each other and see the progress that you are making. Seeing results fuels your fire!