Little by little, the confinement is ending around the world, and little by little the industry, commerce, and the educational sector are re...
Little by little, the confinement is ending around the world, and little by little the industry, commerce, and the educational sector are reintegrating themselves into the well-known “ new normal ”. The same happens with people, we are re-integrating ourselves into our usual activities and within them, we will soon be able to return to our sports or exercise routines outside the home.
This week, my family and I completed 100 days of staying at home and only going out to attend to the essentials, we know that we have been very fortunate to be able to do so. But like everyone else, the economic situation is squeezing us, we want to go back to our jobs and also in my case go for a run, but how can we go back after so long?
We are going to review some important points before you put on your tennis shoes and go out to exercise, okay?
The great lesson of the mountaineer
Iván Vallejo, an Ecuadorian mountaineer , published an interesting video about the fatality statistic on the descent, which has to do with the number of mountaineers who reach the summit and die on the descent.
In a very simple way, Iván explains in his video how many mountaineers, his companions, some of them, after much effort and discipline, have managed to reach the top of mountains as high as K2, and then, after achieving a victory of that magnitude, they die on the descent, or in what would seem the easiest part of such an incredible feat.
Using this story, let's make an analogy: If many of us have "accomplished the great feat" of staying home for more than three months and have sacrificed a lot to achieve it, we may run the same risk of death on the descent as those mountaineers, well Our happiness and desire to return to life is so great that we run out of control to run to visit relatives, shop and go straight to training to try to make up for lost time.
In that crazy race we get distracted, we forget that the contagion continues and we become infected, putting our lives and those we love at risk.
It takes as much or more discipline and mental toughness to climb the mountain as to make the descent safely. And the same thing happens with the lack of refinement.
One: Listen to the official instructions of your city and your locality before you can go for a run, go to a gym or go to the pool
You cannot simply go out as if nothing had happened, you must verify that in your area it is already allowed, for example, to go for a run or the schedules to do it. Sports units, gyms or swimming pools must also already have the permission and sanitary measures to receive you with security to avoid contagion.
Two: No aerobic activity is done with masks
At the beginning, it was the great battle for all of us to wear face masks and now that it is already a moderately achieved habit, athletes and the general public, we must understand that performing physical activity with a face mask hinders the normal oxygenation of the body.
It is as if we were exercising at 3,000 meters above sea level, can you imagine that?
When it comes to non-aerobic exercises, that is, they do not require greater respiratory effort, such as doing weights for example, a microfiber mask can be used that allows perspiration, allows the wearer to breathe, but above all, takes care of other people that are under the same roof and close.
Three: You must be careful not to injure yourself
Our body loses its physical condition after 15 days of not exercising; sad but true, you lose faster than you win .
So if your case is similar to mine and you spent much more than 15 days without physical activity and even gained weight during the contingency, you have to go calmly.
Draw up a reconditioning plan, you can start your workouts three times a week and with a light load, and gradually increase each week. Listen to your body and don't pressure it.
Think about how long it took you to get to where you were and start "climbing your mountain" again.
Four: careful not to get sick
This is very important: continue to practice social distancing, separate yourself at least 3 meters from the runner in front of you and do not run as a team. Stand 2 meters from anyone in the gym or locker room.
Try not to go out at the same time as everyone else, avoid crowds in every way. Never spit on public roads, imagine that you are sick but you are asymptomatic, this is a source of contagion to spread the virus!
Five: Work on stretches and don't hit the pain in your first few weeks
Stretching prepares your muscles and staying away from pain will help keep you working and not give up .
You have already succeeded over and over again, this will be one of them, just be patient and soon you will be returning to your usual rhythm.
During this time of confinement, we have found ourselves in the need to develop patience , hope and not allow ourselves to be overcome by the negative and pessimistic thoughts that the vision of the world at times generates in us.
Surely, in the same way, you went through difficult times and in some you felt that there was no future or that if there were, we would come to life in a world in crisis and chaos, but you will see that tomorrow when you go out to exercise or just walk, you will feel much better and a renewed hope will blossom.