Practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a great way to get in shape. It gives you a full body workout, improves your flexibility, and gets blood pumping to every part of your body. What’s more, it gives you the knowledge you need to defend yourself and your loved ones in case you find yourself in a tricky situation. It gives you mental clarity, as well.
But despite being an avid practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, there comes a time that you find yourself drifting out of the martial art. Whether it’s due to health or personal reasons, you may find it necessary to take a break from BJJ. The good news is you can return anytime you like. Or you might want to get into BJJ after years of getting caught up in the hectic pace of life and realizing you need to get back in shape. But before you do, make sure that you make the necessary preparations to ensure that your body can take it.
To help you out, here are a few tips you should consider.
Undergo the necessary lab tests
As with anything in life, always make safety your priority. Therefore, before you start getting back in shape with BJJ, ensure that everything inside your body is in good working order. Take the necessary lab tests before you resume your training. For instance, you may have your NMR cholesterol taken or have your blood tested to determine your hormone, glucose, and blood pressure levels and ensure that your body is ready for the physical challenges ahead.
Take it slow
Once you have taken the necessary lab tests, slowly ease yourself into your BJJ routine. Start by practicing only two to three times a week for about three to six months before moving on to a more intensive training. This should give your body and joints enough time to adjust and get used to the intense movements BJJ requires.