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Physiotherapists warn gym-goers to ease back into exercise post-coronavirus

A woman lifts weights in a gym.
Lifting less weight for the first few weeks can help gym-goers return to training

As gym doors reopen, physiotherapists are warning us to take it easy as we start working out again.

Staying indoors, restrictions on team sports and working from home prevented many of us from maintaining our pre-coronavirus exercise regime.

Brisbane physiotherapist Julie Campbell said after three months inside, many of us were heavier due to lower energy output.

“We would have lost condition and strength as well as mobility, and if you go back and hit the weights as we did, then wham, bam, we’re potentially looking at an injury,” she told ABC Radio Brisbane.

“There’s also an issue with younger people going back to sport and they may have grown over the past three months and could have coordination issues as well.

Ms Campbell said she had seen many adults with “interesting injuries” after forgetting about the past three months of rest.

“If you’re grabbing your lat pulldown and giving it the same load as before COVID, you will potentially hurt your elbows and wrists,” she said.

“We’re asking people to get their technique checked, slow it down and drop the weights for a bit.”

ABC Radio Brisbane by Jessica Hinchcliffe to read more open the attached link


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