Restarting Your Workout? Don't Overdo It
By Sandy Schroeder
I restart my fitness program almost every six months, and sometimes overdo it in a burst of enthusiasm. It’s exciting to be out there again doing what you know you should be doing, but it can be tempting to walk too far, run too hard or work out too much.
The Washington Post and Self.com give us some tips on how to jump back in the game without tripping.
Pick the Very Best Time
This time you want the workout to stick, so take the time to look for the most comfortable spot in your daily routine. When it becomes as automatic as brushing your teeth, your new routine may just keep happening.
Start Slowly and Build Up
It’s tempting to run full tilt the minute you are out there, but the resulting physical soreness may put a crimp in your efforts. Or you may trip and fall in your haste to get up to speed. Instead, start running or walking at a moderate pace and keep it up all week to let the habit take root.
Don’t Forget the Rest Days
Taking days off lets the body regroup to recover from the new workout. Recognize rest days as a valuable part of the overall fitness program that you want to become a healthy habit.
Remember to Listen to Your Body
If it has been awhile since you have exercised, it’s especially important to pay attention to your body’s reactions. If something feels strange or hurts, stop. Take a break and start again later. If the same reaction occurs, have it checked out to see what is going on.
Shoot for Endurance and Flexibility
Whatever you pick, concentrate on building the body’s endurance and extending its flexibility. Keep looking for the workout that feels right to you.
Find a Workout Buddy
If you have a naturally enthusiastic friend, try to exercise with them. It will be twice as much fun and twice as likely to happen.
Start with What Works for You
If you were exercising three to four times a week, go back to that comfortable routine. Then you can work your way to a daily routine or try out a new pattern.
Warm Up and Cool Down
Dashing out there without a warmup is a good way to slow everything down with fresh injuries. Not cooling down invites unwelcome body reactions when you come to a sudden stop.
Stretch and Focus on Form
Stretch to wake up the body and alert the muscles when you begin a workout. At the same time, concentrate on form to get it right. The more you perfect the workout the better the results may be.
Good luck with your new routine!
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