Ease Back into Excercise
Spring is a time for reawakening and movement, and it’s normal to want to get outside and enjoy the natural splendor. But if you’ve been less active over the winter months, it would be shocking to your body to plunge too abruptly into a vigorous exercise regime.
There are a few simple guidelines that will help you ease back into exercise, and avoid unnecessary injury from trying to do too much too fast.
1. Start where you are. If you have always exercised regularly, you can get back into it more aggressively. But for most people, warming up with some gentle stretching, some deep breaths and a positive attitude is a good beginning.
2. Hydrate. Most people don’t drink enough water, and when you initiate an exercise program, your demand for water goes up. Plan to drink a half ounce for every pound of body weight – so, if you weigh 128 pounds, you need to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water, and if you weigh 192 pounds, you need twelve 8-ounce glasses of water.
3. Pace yourself. Tomorrow is another day – do just enough exercise so that you know you have exercised, not so much that you feel you can’t come back the next day or two and do it again. You’re better off being moderate at first, and work up to greater intensity.
4. Be consistent. You’ll do better with thirty minutes of walking three days a week for six or eight weeks than with an overly challenging workout of weightlifting and running that leaves you exhausted and too sore to exercise again for days. Develop a rhythm that raises your standards but stays within reasonable limits.
Your doctor of chiropractic can help you decide on an exercise program that suits your current physical condition. Ease yourself into exercise, and before you know it, you’ll be in great shape, feeling well and looking good.
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