LONDON — We’ll be heading home tomorrow and I have to admit that I’m looking forward to resuming my former workout regimen. I’ve been walking and cycling plenty since we arrived, but I haven’t yet broken a sweat. I fear my muscles have begun to atrophy and my endorphins are stuck in neutral.
The trick, of course, is ramping it all back up without doing damage to my workout-deprived body.
Most trainers will tell you that taking it easy for a week or so is not going to lead to major problems when you dive back in, and at my age I’m pretty accustomed to recovery days, but I’d like to avoid a too-painful re-entry process.
This is a pretty common issue among fitness buffs and, typically we’re advised to get back into the swing of things with low-to-moderate intensity whole-body workouts rather than focusing on particular muscle groups. That way we won’t be taxing specific muscles too much. (Canadian trainer Terry Adams offers a pretty interesting re-entry workout here that I doubt I’ll do, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea.) I’m definitely going to do my best to get to yoga on Thursday; stretching is a great way to reintroduce your body to exercise after it’s been on a no-intensity workout vacation.
First, however, I’m planning to schlep a bunch of luggage out the door onto some trains and through a few airports tomorrow. That ought to get the old endorphins flowing.