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Sometimes, when it comes to sport, life gets in the way. From studying, to family commitments, travel, and a heavy workload, there are all sorts of reasons why you never quite make it out of the house with your kit bag and they're all totally valid (because without them, there's no way you'd deprive yourself of your weekly fitness or running sessions). But this time, after a break of several months or several years, you've decided that, come hell or high water, you're finding time for sport in your busy schedule! And with the help of osteopath Adrien Lelong, I'm going to help you make a successful comeback!
1. Start with a check-up!            

Before getting back into sport, you may want to go for a health check-up to make sure your body is up to the job.

"Once you hit your 40s, this medical check-up, which can be done by a doctor or osteopath, is strongly advised. It gives you an idea of how healthy you are and can be very reassuring if you want to start doing sport again."

It's also a way of starting training gently, without perhaps overdoing things and suffering another injury.
2. Have fun!

The good news is that you can start exercising again with whichever sport you want, from running to tennis, cross-training and even horse riding.

"The sport you do should be enjoyable and you should be motivated to go out and run, move or exercise. That's the main thing. Fun is the driving force!"

Our osteopath also recommends making sure you have the right equipment to avoid any injuries that could be caused by things like ill-fitting shoes or shorts that chafe.
3. Start gradually and gently

Although you can do whatever discipline you want, you need to pace yourself for your first few sessions.

"For a patient who's taking up running, I recommend starting with 10- to 20-minute runs, twice per week." The idea is to start gently so you can go further. The same is true for gym and weight training sessions."A coach will be able to advise you about how much you should be training and will be able to devise a gentle programme for you," says Adrien."The idea is really to retrain your joints. And that can take some time."

In his opinion, you should never neglect the warm-up at the start of your workout, and stretching at the end. They're essential for avoiding injury and aches.

Drink plenty (preferably water - vodka isn't great for your fitness) to prevent cramps and tendinitis, and lead a healthy lifestyle. "A healthy diet optimises your physical abilities," Adrien tells me.

But that shouldn't stop you from enjoying yourself a little from time to time. And just like that, you're back in the game! 

How about you? Have you ever returned to sport after taking time off? Let us know how it was!