The Eid holidays have been and gone, and we’ve had a great time relaxing and catching up with friends and family – and probably indulging in quite a lot of food, but now it’s time to get back on track.
The team at Sun & Sand Sports has a few ideas on how to get back in shape after the Eid holidays, and the sportswear to go with it too.
Swimming is both a great sport and an active form of meditation; it’s important for training the breath and acts as a low-impact form of cardio to keep the body toned and supple. Depending on how you train, swimming can be quite an intensive exercise, or it can be a form of relaxation and rehabilitation from injury in some cases. If endurance is the aim of the game, then adding weights to your pool workout is a great way to build strength, as you are working against both the resistance of the water and the weight.
SSS Tip: For every five lengths that you swim, do one fast length to the raise the heart rate for an effective form of interval training.
Running is all about the cardio, and most people either love it or hate it as a sport, because it takes dedication to lead to improvement which takes patience, time, and a great outfit always helps (hint hint). The key is to set the pace and find out what works for you – start off slow and add more distance, complexity and challenge, including levels of incline and obstacles.
SSS Tip: Learn about your running technique through gait analysis which will show you how you run, land, including the pronation, supination and arch of your foot while you run – which is important to know so you can choose the perfect pair of running shoes.
So it’s a leg day – but the great thing about cycling is that it’s fairly low-impact (depending on where you cycle of course), so there won’t be as much stress on the body in comparison to running for example. Cycling is a great way to build stamina, and you can mix up the intensity by changing the gears and the terrain on which you ride. You can also choose your domain – whether indoor at the gym, or outdoor for a scenic ride – or as part of a competition in a spin class.
SSS Tip: Try cycling if you’re having a bit of a mental block. This activity has been linked to boosting brainpower, which will help you get back into your work routine after the Eid holidays!
The great thing about the studio is that there is a huge range of options to choose from – so you never get stuck into the same old workout routine. There is also that social, competitive edge because of the group setting – which is good for motivating you to work harder throughout the session. You can take your pick from high-energy cardio routines, to a fat burning focus, or a relaxation session, whether it’s HIIT, yoga, Pilates, TRX, dance or weight training that takes your fancy. Make the gym work for you and see the results in no time at all.
SSS Tip: Mix up your workout routine to focus on different muscle groups in every session that you do, and feel the overall benefits more holistically. Mixing it up will also keep you more engaged and more motivated to exercise as you get back into exercise after the Eid holidays.
When lifting weights and focusing on core exercise, it is really important to do it right – technique is everything to getting the correct postural alignment and the optimal benefits from your workout. It’s important to start off on the lighter side and gradually build up the weight, as your body becomes accustomed to the weight that you are lifting. It is also important to take on the weight from the correct angle and position, to avoid stress and injury. Taking a dynamic training approach will target different muscle groups, and adding an element of cardio – such as squats or lunges will help to build lean muscle, rather than building bulk.
SSS Tip: Build up your core strength before embarking on weight training, because this is the starting point to your physical activity after the Eid holidays, and maintaining core strength will provide you with natural protection on your spine and align your posture when lifting weights – essential for avoiding muscle strain and potential injury.
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