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Put on a few extra kilos when on vacation? Here’s how you can get back into shape

Don’t just take the plunge without the right prep. Get started with a fitness regime that suits your comfort, needs and priorities.

fitness Updated: Aug 15, 2017 15:08 IST
Agence France-Presse
Fitness,Workout,Health
Get back up to speed with an exercise regime that is adapted to your needs. (iStock )

If you took a well-deserved break from sports during the summer, here are some strategies to get back up to speed with an exercise regimen that is adapted to your needs.

1) Start with a medical check-up: Don’t take the plunge without the right prep: a blood test is a useful step, even if you don’t suffer from any specific symptoms. Depending on the results, you may be advised to supplement your vitamin intake, especially B and D vitamins and trace elements (iron, zinc, and manganese), which are indispensable to exercising safely. A check-up with a cardiologist can also help. If you are overweight, you should seek help to start a diet with a related program of physical activity. If you find exercise painful, an osteopath or a physiotherapist can advise you on zones of your body that need to be strengthened or made more flexible.

Start with a blood test - it is a useful step, even if you don’t suffer from any specific symptoms. (Shutterstock )

2) Reinforce core muscles: Do the plank for core muscle strength, required by the vast majority of sports. This is a great exercise that enables you to set realistic goals when reinforcing your abs. Start off gently by holding the posture for approximately 30 seconds. Repeat three times. Then extend the time you hold the posture for up to a minute.

3) Work on your balance: Just like suppleness, balance is important for the correct functioning of joints and muscular strength. Try to stand on one foot with your eyes closed for as long as possible. Repeat this exercise while standing on your other foot, and try to hold the position for longer. Certain yoga postures that aim to develop rootedness (dancer, tree, eagle) are ideal for developing balance.

Just like suppleness, balance is important for the correct functioning of joints and muscular strength. (iStock )

4) Boost your performance: People who run should maintain higher levels of vitamin D, which reduce the risk of fractures and fatigue. As for nutrition, your body needs more protein if you exercise regularly: a daily 1.7g for each kilo of bodyweight if you are bodybuilding or running a marathon, as opposed to 1g per kilo of bodyweight under normal circumstances.

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First Published: Aug 15, 2017 15:03 IST