2018 is on fire and we’re ready to level up our fitness goals with a running start! While it’s tempting to just go for it, it’s not too smart to go from 0 to 100 right out of the gate. Yes, you want results and you want them now, but it’s important to prepare first for your exercises and regimens.
This could lead to the horribly dreaded injury. Not only would that delay your progress, it could pose a greater and perhaps permanent damage to your body and overall health. And, unfortunately, the older we get the more susceptible we are to injury.
Here are four tips to help avoid the risk:
- Nutritious Routine: The best way to prepare for tomorrow’s workout is to make sure your body has enough fuel. Get a nutritional plan in place before you get back into the gym. For daily fitness nutrition, Core 4 – Athletes provides the basics. Or, for extra performance boosts: 40-Day Ultimate – Athletic Performance or 10-Day Transformation – Athletes
- Stretch beforehand. Stretching out your muscles helps increase your blood circulation and warms up your muscles. This means you’re less likely to strain a muscle because your body is more flexible and limber.
- Don’t over-do it. When exercising, sometimes we tend to bite off more than we can chew and then the next day, the pain sets in and you can barely get off the couch. During a workout, you should only perform exercises that you are comfortable doing and understand the proper form, especially if you’re a beginner. Improper techniques or too much pressure can have serious consequences. This doesn’t mean your workout can’t be challenging, but it does mean you need to listen to your body. Don’t be afraid to seek help with a buddy or take a quick break!
- Leave ample time for recovery. Working out puts stress on your body, so it needs some time to recuperate. Modifying a workout doesn’t mean you’re weak, especially if you’re in pain. It’s better to shorten a day or even skip one, than put pressure on a strained muscle and hurt yourself. Remember to always consult a doctor if necessary.
Now, get out there and do your best!