2020 has been impactful on all of us, in different ways. While some like @hikermor have been able to get outside and continue their fitness journeys, some haven't, and that's OK. For me, I've been running outside more, but I haven't had access to my gym either, and I'm feeling a little nervous about going back and resuming classes.
Here's what I'm planning on doing:
1. I'm going to start where I am, rather than from where I was a couple months ago. Maybe that means lifting less, or running a little more slowly. I plan on getting with one of the coaches at my gym to set new base levels; hopefully your gym has resources for that as well.
2. I'm going to make sure my diet compliments my fitness journey. For me, personally, that looks like drinking way more water than coffee (sorry, coffee), and making sure I'm consuming the right foods and liquids to help me through strenuous workouts, especially during hot summer workouts.
3. I'm going to find some friends! Having an accountability-buddy can go a long way to setting your fitness track up for success. It doesn't even have to be a local buddy. My friends on Strava have been awesome inspirations for me to get out and go on a run. Athletes on Instagram like Courtney Dauwalter and Mirna Valerio also inspire me to get out and get active!
4. I'm going to make sure that my fitness regimen combines both indoor and outdoor workouts. I love my indoor gym workouts and my treadmill running for speedwork, but it's really important for me to be outside because, for me, as is the case for many in our community, a life outdoors is a life well-lived!
At REI, we provide many resources on our Expert Advice pages that can help you prepare for specific fitness activities. We also carry many products that can help support your fitness journey from apparel, to shoes, to electronics, to recovery tools. Hopefully, all these ideas will help you resume your fitness journey!
See you at the gym, and see you outside! And please let us know how you're doing once your gym reopens!