Get off the couch: reconditioning mode activated!

If your summer was spent by the pool, hiding from the heat in air conditioning, or carting kids from one summer activity to the next, way to go— fall is just around the corner! No one could fault you for letting your physical fitness fall by the wayside. Working out in the summer can be uncomfortable at best and dangerous at worst. Getting back into a fitness routine can be daunting— not unlike trying to catch up on an entire season of your favorite show in one weekend. But somebody’s gotta do it (and in this case, that someone is you)!

Reconditioning your body after a break can have plenty of physical and mental benefits, which include improved strength and flexibility and decreased stress levels. Don’t worry, though. We won’t make you dive into the deep end of the reconditioning pool just yet. In this blog post, you’ll learn how to recondition your body— whether you took a break for the summer or even longer. 

Simple ways to recondition your body

The first step is often the hardest, but as our pal Newton said, an object in motion remains in motion. Get started with walking, stretching, and light resistance, and you’ll be unstoppable pretty soon. 

Don’t go full Rocky Balboa on training day one. The body that once allowed you to run long distances and complete hundreds of crunches needs some prep to get in top form. If you push too hard, too fast you risk injuring yourself and needing even more rest. 

As you slowly build up strength, increase the duration and intensity of your training sessions. Consistency is just as important as your reconditioning program. Set a schedule for 3 – 5 days per week, and don’t let anything get in your way! Treat your reconditioning like you would any meeting or appointment, and prioritize your health and well-being when opportunities to cancel arise. 

The benefits of reconditioning

There are plenty of physical benefits of reconditioning, including: 

  • Strengthened joints, bones, and muscles
  • Decreased risk of falling 
  • Increased endurance
  • Improved flexibility
  • Independence

The benefits aren’t solely physical. Exercising releases dopamine (the feel-good hormone), so start reconditioning today and get ready for a whole lot more joy in your life!

Support for reconditioning

Don’t let the overwhelm of starting a new routine get to you. Instead, get into a fitness community and rely on the support of others who have been where you are right now. Enhancewell Fitness offers private sessions so you can go at your own pace, as well as group classes where you’ll benefit from the encouragement and guidance of an instructor and a community to help you through the tough times. 

Getting back into shape after a break is a process, but you can reach your fitness goals with patience and consistency. Although it may not feel this way, even small victories count toward the ultimate win. Whether today’s success is going for a half-mile walk or jogging for 5 minutes, get your body moving, and soon, you’ll be crushing new goals! 

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