Ease Into Exercise

Getting back into a fitness routine after a break can be challenging, but with the right approach, it can be a rewarding experience. Amanda Blanchette, Certified Personal Trainer (NASM) and Fitness Specialist at the Riverside Health Fitness Center, shares some tips and tricks to get back into a fitness routine without burning out or overdoing it.

Start slow
Begin with low-intensity workouts to allow your body to readjust. Jumping into intense exercises immediately may lead to burnout or injury. Gradually increase the intensity over time.

Set realistic goals
“Define achievable short-term and long-term goals,” says Blanchette. “Setting realistic targets will help you stay motivated and track your progress. Celebrate small victories along the way!”

Find enjoyable activities
Choose exercises that you enjoy to make the process more enjoyable. Whether it’s cycling, swimming, dancing or weight lifting, find activities that make you excited to work out.

Schedule regular workouts
Consistency is key. Schedule your workouts at specific times during the week, and treat them as important appointments. This helps establish a routine and makes it easier to stick to your fitness plan.

Include strength training
Incorporate strength training into your routine. “Building muscle not only improves overall fitness but also boosts metabolism, helping with weight management,” Blanchette says.

Listen to your body
Pay attention to how your body responds to exercise. If you experience pain (not to be confused with normal muscle soreness), it’s essential to rest and seek advice if needed.

Mix it up
Keep your workouts varied to prevent boredom and target different muscle groups. This can include a mix of cardio, strength
training and flexibility exercises.

Get support
Consider working out with a friend or hiring a personal trainer. Having a workout buddy or professional support can provide
motivation, accountability and guidance.

Prioritize recovery                                                                                                                                                                          Adequate rest and recovery are crucial. Make sure you get enough sleep, stay hydrated and allow your body time to recover between workouts. Celebrate progress Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements along the way. Whether it’s reaching a fitness milestone or consistently sticking to your routine, celebrate your efforts.

“Remember,” says Blanchette, “the most important thing is to enjoy the process and make fitness a sustainable part of your lifestyle. If you have any specific questions or need more personalized advice, working with a personal trainer is a great option.”

Learn more about the Riverside Health Fitness Center here.