"JUMP RIGHT IN"
You may be thinking…“WHAT?!” I’ve been avoiding “jumping into” exercise all year, and finally I’m motivated to do so, and now you tell me NOT TO?! How am I going to get back in shape?!”
Here’s why it’s best not to “jump in” and go out for a few miles of running, play several hours of pickup basketball, or push yourself farther at the next yoga class…
You can’t “play” your way into shape. If your body is used to sitting at a desk the majority of the week, then your body is ready to do more sitting. In other words, your body is not prepared for the physical stresses of exercise, and you’ve dramatically increased the risk or injury or having nagging aches and pains come out of nowhere.
It’s a story I hear all the time…”I wanted to get back into running so I went out for a 4 mile run and now my foot hurts so bad I can hardly walk.”
Even if you have a physically active job, then your body may be over-worked in certain areas causing tightness, stiffness, and pain before you even try to go on that run or hit the gym.
So what can you do to best prepare your body for the new exercise regimen you want to do in the New Year?
Stat by taking a few minutes each day to prepare your body for an increase in physical activity. Here are a few simple ideas...
*Do some light stretching
*Try some basic cardio (like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or grabbing a friend for a walk)
*Stand instead of sitting (while working at your desk, or while watching football or your favorite TV show in the evening)
With small changes each day, your joints and muscles will start to loosen up and be less susceptible to injury when you start exercising.
And speaking of exercising…try working up to that 4 mile run :)
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Dr. Christine Walker
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