When looking to get back in shape, it’s important to find something you enjoy doing. For many, they enjoy playing a sport recreationally much more than they like going to the gym. As you are getting back in shape, should you play a sport or go to the gym? Here’s the answer.
You should go to the gym first. I know, you may not like that answer, but it’s the smart thing to do. Sports are fun, there’s no doubt about it, but even rec leagues can carry some high intensity. The last thing you want to do is go too hard too soon and tear a muscle or tendon. That. Without question will set back your health and fitness and is a very real possibility if you jump right back in with proper training first. Ask the NBA players who came back after the 2011 lock out. The injury rate skyrocketed as many players neglected training and went right back onto the court.
Instead, spend some time in the gym regaining your strength and conditioning. Work through the continuums we described in yesterday’s post. Move with purpose, and only when you are confident you have returned to prior fitness level should you get back into your sport. We are firm believers having a hierarchy of needs within fitness. The base is nutrition, the middle is general fitness, and the very top of that pyramid is sport. At the time of writing this, gyms are just starting to reopen, but sports leagues are still a little way out. Now is the time to lay that groundwork.
Sports have tons of benefits but should be used more as an expression of our fitness than our main fitness modality. The last thing you want to do step on the field, out of shape, and get injured. Work through the hierarchy, work through the continuum, and you will enjoy your sport far more. If you need help working through those items, our coaches will help. Schedule a call through the following link and get started today!
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