For Many Americans, getting in better shape is the first thing that comes to mind when choosing a New Year’s Resolution. With the beginning of a new year comes the drive to want to do something different and better than the previous year. New changes, new outlooks, and new workout routines are on the top of the ‘to-do’ list for the coming year. From starting CrossFit, to increasing your workout goals, getting in shape is outstanding for your physical and mental health. Keep reading for some great tips for how to stay healthy and on track while working towards your new goals! [...]
1. As you get into your new routines with fresh motivation it can be tempting to jump into something new too quickly or push yourself too hard. The important thing to remember is to ease into your new routine. Our Physical Therapist can help you create a new exercise plan that is tailored to you and your fitness level. Starting where you are now and working towards a set goal will help you stay motivated and successful in your fitness journey.
2. Exercise is wonderful for you, but too much of it may actually be putting you at a disadvantage. The key is – as with so much in life – balance. It’s very important to balance the duration, type, and pace of your routines, making sure that no one part of your body is constantly under fire.
3. Don’t skip those rest days! Though it may be difficult to accept at first, rest is just as important as exercise. It is absolutely crucial that you give your body time off to recover and rest, thus allowing your muscles to repair themselves, your joints to heal, and your endurance to be prolonged. Working out is as much about the ability to listen to your body as it is to push it to be its best. Adding a rest day or two to your week will actually be a lot more beneficial to your workout than skipping them. And, as an extra bonus, you can sleep a bit later on those days!
4. Pay attention to how you are feeling. Some aches and pains can be expected when you start a new exercise routine but if your soreness is lasting for more than a few days or becomes more of a persistent pain then it’s time to get it checked out.
So, happy new year and cheers to your new workout plan! If you need some guidance with your plan or are unsure about soreness you are feeling we invite you to speak to one of our dedicated, professional physical therapists today. By providing sound advice, tailor-made exercises, and hands-on, quality, treatment, we will elevate your training program in a way that is safe, effective, and free from the stresses associated with overuse and exercise.