Yes I know I have been MIA for far too long. After being active most my life I am finally back for good. 2020 has been a challenging year on us all, with everything closed and no where to go but the couch I for one have been very lazy. You don’t realize the low energy you have until you stop working out. I also learned you can’t start where you left off, it will take months to get back to where I was. I am not as strong as I was when I was lifting consistently, I can not run as far as I could after taking months off. My joints hurt, my body aches but, it is worth it again. When you are getting back into training after a long break you need to ease into it slowly. Start with shorter distances and lighter weights to prepare your body and joints for a more intense workout later on. We’ve all heard that full body, compound movements are the best way to go if you want to build a strong body. Well, after my long break, things may look a little different for you. My knees and back have traditionally been the weaker areas of my body, so they had naturally weakened even further during my break. My knees hurt after squatting, even with no weight, so I now pay special attention to strengthening those muscles. I use to be able to jump right up out of bed in the morning, do 10 squats, 10 push ups, followed with a warm up jog then jump straight into my workout. I just didn’t seem to need a longer warm up. Well, this has changed. I now take a lot of time to warm myself up, because I find that when I don’t I may injure myself. Don’t over complicate your workouts if you are like me and just starting back up, start basic and simple, take plenty of breaks in between each set and hydrate yourself accordingly. I am so excited to get back to it and will post my workouts with results, follow me on the workout train again… Choo-Choo!!