04 Apr Getting Back to Exercise
Snow in April may not make you think of exercising any time soon, but with spring here, and warmer weather around the corner, we’ve got some tips on how to get back to exercising with some help from our friends at Physiomed. Winter usually translates to being sluggish and cuddled up in the warmth of your home. With the temperatures soon to be rising, it’s important to take advantage of the opportunity to get outside and start moving!
Ease Back Into It
If you’re anything like me, winter means hibernation season. Unless I have to leave my house, chances are staying home will be the first choice. With that begin said, you shouldn’t expect to get out there and immediately start running 5k every morning without some strain on your body. Begin slowly, pace yourself and gradually increase the intensity rather than diving in and risking an injury. Think of it as priming your body for a regular workout routine.
Stretch it Out
Stretching is the most underrated part of any workout routine. Stretching both before and after your routine will improve your range of mothing and increase blood flow through your body, more importantly your muscles. This will help you get more out of your workout and decrease your risk of an injury.
Stay Tuned In
Similar to starting slow, it’s important that you know and understand your body in order to know when you’ve pushed yourself too far. There is always a good pain and a dangerous pain when it comes to exercising, and staying in tune to what your body is feeling and telling you is crucial. Sharp or severe pains is a good indicator that you should take a break and evaluate yourself before continuing on. Also be aware if you begin to feel dizzy, lightheaded or weak, stop and rest.
Pencil it In
Motivation is key to keeping a routine, and if you’ve spent the last few months not sticking to a regular routine, it’s easy to put off exercising until ‘tomorrow’. Scheduling workouts beforehand will help keep you on track with your routine, as well as keep you motivated to stay on track. It’s also beneficial to keep a workout journal, recording what you’ve done each day. This helps track your progress as well as better schedule your weekly routine and take note of any improvements you’ve made. Once improvements start become more noticeable, you’ll be much more motivated to stick to it.
For more information on getting active this spring, visit Physiomed’s weekly blog for tips on staying healthy as well as some great hearty recipes to try at home!