Starting the new year with exercise is a good thing. Something that isn’t? Jumping into exercise programs without considering your safety.
Exercising is great for the body and the mind but if you don’t do it right, it may cause you more harm than good.
To help you out, we’ve outlined some exercise safety tips to keep you injury-free while becoming the healthiest and fittest version of yourself.
1. Begin slowly and start with low-intensity exercises
Usually, when people start making exercise a priority, they go all-in. They sign up with a local gym membership or buy new fitness equipment. While there’s nothing wrong in doing any of these, the problem is that over-zealousness usually leads to over-training, which in turn lead to soreness and fatigue. And this leads to giving up and quitting.
The key to making exercise a routine is by starting slow and easing your way to it. Start with low-intensity exercises that you can do for 15 to 20 minutes a day. Once you build that habit, you’ll get more comfortable with exercising, you can try more intensive and longer workouts.
2. Don’t forget to stretch
Stretching before and after a workout is important.
Stretching before a workout makes your body more pliable and reduces your risk of injury. Doing it after a workout helps reduce muscle tension, improves blood circulation, and contributes to overall body relaxation.
3. Get help
Starting an exercise program can feel overwhelming especially if you haven’t done it for a long time. If you feel overwhelmed, you can benefit from getting help from a trained and experienced professional.
When working with a trainer, you’ll learn the right form, which is important if you don’t want to get injured. On top of that, a trainer can help you establish workout routines that are specific to your goals.
Making your health a priority is a good thing but it’s also important to make sure that you’re doing it right. Try these tips as you’re working your way for a fitter and healthier you!