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How to get back on your fitness after the festive season

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But you must take care of your body and develop a clear timetable to exercise

By Dr. Vivek Srivastav

October 25, 2022 (IANSlife) The festive season is a great time to relax and enjoy time with family, friends, and of course, food, but it can also be a time when your fitness routine goes out the window.
Diwali is the most exciting festival of lights, celebrations, and enjoyment but one side effect is the dangerous increase in air pollution levels. These levels cause many ill effects on health, especially for people with breathing problems.
People suffering from asthmatic problems must adopt ways to strengthen their lungs so that they can manage their health effectively. Just shutting yourself indoors will also not work as indoor air quality also worsen during Diwali. There are many harmful effects of firecrackers during Diwali. It is essential for us to protect ourselves from pollution to protect our lung health.
For many people, it can be difficult to stick to their fitness routine after all the festival cheer. However, it is important to get back on your fitness routine as soon as possible to maintain your health and well-being. Here are a few tips to help you get back on track:
Start small
If you have been inactive for a while, don't try to go back to your old routine right away. Start with a few basic exercises and work your way up. This will help reduce the risk of injury and allow your body to get used to the activity again.
Set realistic goals
Don't strive to become a fitness fanatic overnight. Set realistic goals that you can easily achieve and gradually increase the difficulty over time.
Find a fitness buddy
Working out with a friend can make the process more enjoyable and help keep you accountable.
Make time for fitness
Don't let other activities take priority over your fitness routine. Schedule time in your day specifically for working out and stick to it.
Don't give up if you hit a snag along the way. Persevere and you will eventually reach your fitness goals.
Find Your Motivation
You can't actually get fit if you don't have a "genuine" purpose to do so. Motivation comes from within.
Even if you have been planning to go to the gym for weeks after the holidays, you must find inspiration to remain regular and dedicated.
Most people are motivated to exercise because it will improve their appearance or because they want to do it for someone else. This can only help you stay motivated till you reach your objective.
For the sake of your mental or physical health, you should therefore return to a fitness routine. No matter how long it has been since your last workout, this will motivate you to never skip one again.
Observe your body
Knowing and respecting your body's boundaries is essential for success in fitness as always. Pay close attention to how your body reacts to exercise when trying to get in shape. Before continuing to exercise if you have strains, sprains, or even a stress fracture, get checked out by a doctor. An injury that is not properly managed or assessed may worsen, take longer to heal and cause issues in the future.
There are countless additional suggestions, but these tips are a great way to give a start. Try these and be successful. After the festival season, it can be a little challenging for everyone to get back into a healthy routine because of the chaos in their schedules. But you must take care of your body in the same way and develop a clear timetable to exercise, just like you would for your business meetings.

(Dr. Vivek Srivastav is a Senior Vice President of Zeon Lifesciences)



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