Health & Nutrition - - FITNESS FORUM - Vi­nata Shetty, ACE, ACSM Cer­ti­fied, Ree­bok Master Trainer solves your work­out dilem­mas

I am join­ing a gym af­ter a break. What should I keep in mind or what pre­cau­tions should I take? Bhaskar Hegde, Man­ga­lore I’m glad you have de­cided to go back to your fit­ness rou­tine! This time, stay com­mit­ted! Fit­ness can­not be stored. Once you stop train­ing, the fit­ness ben­e­fits you ac­crued, start di­min­ish­ing. The longer the break, the greater the like­li­hood of your body get­ting de­trained and go­ing back to its pre-ex­er­cise state. The im­por­tant thing to keep in mind is, to start from the ba­sics. The good news is that there will be a ‘mus­cle mem­ory’ and the neu­ral adap­ta­tions will kick in a lot faster this time round. Start grad­u­ally, as would any be­gin­ner. Learn to master the me­chan­ics of the move­ment and work to­wards con­trol­ling mov­ing just your body weight. Do not be in any tear­ing hurry to progress! Would al­ways rec­om­mend get­ting a med­i­cal clear­ance to ex­er­cise be­fore re-com­menc­ing a fit­ness reg­i­men. Ex­er­cis­ing un­der the su­per­vi­sion of trained and cer­ti­fied train­ers would be highly rec­om­mended. In­clude as many var­ied com­po­nents into your rou­tine - from car­dio­vas­cu­lar en­durance, to mus­cu­lar en­durance and strength, bal­ance and co­or­di­na­tion, and flex­i­bil­ity and mo­bil­ity train­ing. What­ever be the com­po­nents you are ad­dress­ing, start at a level that is ap­pro­pri­ate for your cur­rent fit­ness level and grad­u­ally progress from there. Be con­sis­tent with your work­outs and re­mem­ber, a bal­anced nu­tri­tion plan, ad­e­quate rest, sleep and re­cov­ery are all part of a holis­tic fit­ness reg­i­men.

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