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How to Ease Back into Exercise Safely After a Long Break


Apr. 18, 2021 Healthline

f you took a long break from exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re not alone. 

The stress and uncertainty of the past year, along with the closure of many gyms and need for physical distancing, have thrown off many people’s workout routines. 

Getting sick from COVID-19, a debilitating disease with weeks or sometimes months of symptoms, has also greatly limited the ability to engage in physical activity for many people.

As vaccines continue to roll out throughout the United States and restrictions begin to ease, it’s natural that many people are eager to get active again. 

However, there are some things people should be mindful of while restarting their fitness routines to avoid injury and get the most out of returning to exercise.

Manage your expectations 

People who have taken a long break from exercise are likely to find that they may not be able to do the things they once could. 

Whether this is running a 5K or holding a yoga pose, experts say not being able to perform at the same level is to be expected.

Still, this may be difficult for some to accept. 

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